Good morning everyone. In a rare Saturday night Football appearance, the 49ers will host the San Diego Chargers in a game that, for the first time since 2010, means nothing in the NFC playoff race. The 49ers were officially eliminated with their loss last week and I have to admit, I am struggling with getting a ton of enthusiasm for this game. I find it weird, because for the better part of my viewing history, the 49ers were bad and I never had any trouble getting psyched up to watch a sub .500 team play. Now we are seeing the last games for Jim Harbaugh, and probably the last games for Frank Gore and Justin Smith, and I really don't care if they win or lose. I don't understand it myself.
Unlike the 49ers, the Chargers are in the thick of the AFC Wildcard race along with several other teams. Normally, I would say that even at 7-7, the 49ers are easily the more talented football team. But this season, that obvious talent just doesn't want to show up. Crippling injuries and playing for a coach that everyone knows is gone certainly plays into that. But even so, I find it hard to fathom how the 49ers have been so bad the past month plus.
Welp, after four years, we've gotten to that point in the season that I almost forgot existed. Where all the fans of bad teams honestly ask themselves if a relatively meaningless win is better than improved draft position. I had forgotten how much I hate those choices. To the links...
Jim Harbaugh weighing his options (Schefter)