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49ers continue random win-win-stinker pattern

The 49ers put up an offensive stinker of a performance on Sunday in their 16-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams, continuing their random pattern of two wins followed by a poor performance.


The 49ers wrapped up a stinker of an effort Sunday afternoon as they dropped a 16-13 overtime defeat to the St. Louis Rams. The 49ers defense looked much better this time around after sleep-walking through the first quarter against the Rams three weeks ago. Unfortunately, the offense played with considerable inconsistency. It was an off-day all around and blame cane be spread across most of the offensive unit and coaching staff.

The most bizarre thing about this loss was that it continued the 49ers recent pattern of of winning back-to-back games, and then following those two wins with a stinker of a performance. Here is your rundown of the season in three-game increments:

@ Packers - 30-22 WIN
vs. Lions - 27-19 WIN
@ Vikings - 24-13 LOSS

@ Jets - 34-0 WIN
vs. Bills - 45-3 WIN
vs. Giants - 26-3 LOSS

vs. Seahawks - 13-6 WIN
@ Cardinals - 24-3 WIN
vs. Rams - 24-24 tie

vs. Bears - 32-7 WIN
@ Saints - 31-21 WIN
@ Rams - 16-13 LOSS

On the one hand, I view this as a fairly random sample of events. On the other hand, is it remotely possible to explain this beyond just pure chance? Does the team win a pair of games and start to feel particularly good about themselves, and then something goes awry in the third game? There's not a whole lot we can do with this, but it is too bizarre not to at least mention it.

Any thoughts on this bizarro run in 2012 or is it as random as it should be considered?