Flashback to a year ago, 2013. The 49ers had just lost their first home game and were staring at a miserable 1-2 record. They opened the season well enough with an exciting shootout win over NFC rival Green Bay. That was followed by two bad losses, one to NFC West foe Seattle on the road and another at home to Indianapolis.
Now it's 2014 and the start to the season is eerily familiar. The Niners had an exciting win against NFC rival Dallas Cowboys, followed by two straight losses: the first home loss of the season against the Chicago Bears, and a road loss to NFC West foe, Arizona. If that isn't giving you deja vu, consider that the story lines last year were the 49ers falling under .500 for the first time in the Harbaugh era, and how Frank Gore had disappeared from the game plan. This loss makes it the second time the team is under .500 (PFT) in Jim's tenure, and Frank had only 6 carries for 10 yards. A result which left him speechless once again (ESPN).
So what am I getting at? Last year's first two losses became the catalyst for an 11-2 run and 6 wins in a row to close out the season. Frank Gore and the running game once again became the focus of the offense and that led to a fiery run into the playoffs. So the 2014 49ers find themselves at nearly the same turning point as they did in 2013. The hope is that this team can find the same magic that the 2013 team did to turn around their season. For my personal sanity and probably yours too, I'm holding on to that hope.
Game Recap and Reviews
Rapid Reaction: San Francisco 49ers (Gutierrez)
Mistakes plague 49ers, again (Biderman)
49ers abandon run-and pay the price (Gutierrez)
We miss Burnin' Vernon already. | 49ers can't pass test without two key offensive players (Maiocco)
It's not a salve for another painful loss, but Kaepernick's play bodes well for future games. | Colin Kaepernick Performs Well in Defeat (Pentis)
49ers' second-half meltdowns continue (Gutierrez)