The San Francisco 49ers were thoroughly embarrassed in Week 14, losing to the Cleveland Browns by a final score of 24-10. The 49ers drop to 4-9 with the loss, and the team is indeed really bad.
There really was little positive to take from this game. Well, if you were looking for what we traditionally view as positive results. The game improved draft position, and certainly did not help the case of a coaching staff looking to return in 2016. I had said over the weekend that I thought it would take four blowout losses for Jim Tomsula to get fired. Given how pathetic this game was, it might not take the full four. I don't think this loss alone will doom Tomsula, but it certainly doesn't help.
The 49ers were bad in all phases of the game. There were some notable positive plays, including Quinton Dial's field goal block, Jaquiski Tartt's interception (on a horrible Johnny Manziel throw), and a fumble recovery, but otherwise it was a disaster of a performance. The defense went with a Mr. Hyde performance, allowing Isaiah Crowell to surpass 100 rushing yards for the first time in his career, and Johnny Manziel saving his career a little longer. He made some bad throws, but finished with 270 passing yards and a touchdown.
On the offensive side of the ball, it was a complete disaster, with Blaine Gabbert getting sacked nine times. He did not surpass 100 passing yards until it was already garbage time. Shaun Draughn had 43 rushing yards and eight receiving yards. Quinton Patton led the team with 46 receiving yards, with Anquan Boldin not getting targeted until the third quarter. The offense was complete garbage most of the game. They got a touchdown late in the game, but it was garbage time, and was meaningless.
The 49ers host the Cincinnati Bengals next week in a game that was flexed out of the Sunday Night Football package. NBC has to be thanking their lucky stars they did that. Dalton suffered a thumb injury earlier today, and his status seems doubtful for next week. Blaine Gabbert vs. AJ McCarron seems to have the potential for.....something.