What a hideous game. The San Francisco 49ers were defeated by the St. Louis Rams 13-10, dropping to 4-4 on the season. The 49ers played some horrific football, and yet still had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds. Colin Kaepernick went for the sneak on the 1-yard line, but fumbled the ball as he was approaching the goal line. The refs ruled he did not have his elbow down, and the 49ers lost.
There were so many issues, and people will first look to the referees. While the refs were atrocious, the 49ers completely crapped the bed in this game. The biggest issue on Sunday was the incredibly shoddy play of the offensive line. Colin Kaepernick was sacked eight times as the Rams had no problems finding their way into the backfield. Kap did have some time on occasion, but it seemed like the line was collapsing all day long. I'm sure blame can be split amongst plenty of people, but the line just did not cut it.
The defense put together a strong performance, doing pretty much what they needed to with the Rams offense, only to be hung out to dry by the offense. Chris Borland had a monster day, with ESPN's box score crediting him 18 total tackles. Antoine Bethea had an early interception, and was a key part of the 49ers defense all day long. The Rams got some big plays from Tre Mason, and the pass rush struggled with consistency once again, but the 49ers defense did what it needed to do to put the offense in position to win. And yet it didn't matter as the offense came up short.
The 49ers now get to head on the road for a pair of tough contests. They travel to face the New Orleans Saints in Week 10, and then travel to face the New York Giants in Week 11. In light of Sunday's performance, they've got their work cut out for them.