It's soul-crushing when your favorite team doesn't perform up to expectations in a meaningful football game, but it's a unique, special kind of soul-crushing when they don't perform up to expectations in a totally meaningless football game. I shrugged following the Denver Broncos' safety against the San Francisco 49ers, and it was a shrug that came from the deepest, darkest part of my soul. I summoned every single ounce of don'tcareingness and pleasejustendity from within myself, let it well up in unfettered apathy somewhere in my gut and let out the most shrug I've ever shrugged at a football game.
This game was every, single bit of what you'd expect from a game with that final score. That said, I do think a lot of interesting things came out of the game and not all of them were bad. Sure, the offensive line looked as genuinely terrible as expected and Colin Kaepernick doesn't remember what it feels like to complete a pass anymore, but I thought Mike Davis looked good and quite a few players on defense also impressed -- including inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman.
I'm going to hit the gif-making hard this time around and try and get some stuff up sooner rather than later. If there was something you guys saw from the game you want broken down, let me know on Twitter. That makes it easier to get the gifs ya'll want. Onto your links for the day.
Tomsula says o-line will be settled shortly; thoughts on 49ers loss in Denver (Barrows)
NaVorro Bowman best player on field for 49ers, by far (Gutierrez)
Final: Offensive line woes overshadow defensive heroics of NaVorro Bowman, Kenneth Acker (Inman)
49ers' Aussie star Jarryd Hayne already has a tribute song (SFGate)
49ers Q&A: Why not start Eli Harold? What happened to Brandon Thomas? (Barrows)
NaVorro Bowman dominates, Colin Kaepernick, not so much (Gutierrez)
Broncos defense dominant, offense still looks to find the groove in passing game (ESPN)
With Colin Kaepernick constantly under siege, 49ers' passing game nonexistent (Gutierrez)
Manning on the run in Denver's 19-12 win over 49ers (ESPN)
Niners' Offensive Line, Kaepernick Prompt Questions in Loss At Denver (NBC Bay Area)
49ers 12, Broncos 19: Grades (Cohn)
Game Rewind: 49ers Defense Impresses Despite 19-12 Loss to Broncos (49ers)