San Francisco 49ers
The San Diego Chargers are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, but after three consecutive NFC Championship Game appearances, the San Francisco 49ers are out. They have the opportunity to play the spoiler for the Chargers, but what has happened to them this year? CBS Sports’ Steve Beuerlein spoke on this weekend’s west coast game and looks at what has gone wrong and right.
It’s week 16, so the injuries are catching up to the 49ers who have 17 players listed on their injury report. While the Chargers don’t have as many players listed, they have some big names reported as injured and they are still playing for something this season other than pride.
While nobody denies that the 49ers were outplayed by their opponent this Sunday, few will say that the roughing the passer call against Nick Moody had something to do with Seattle winning. A bad call won’t bring back the 49ers season, but it should at least get the NFL to change the rule and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
The 49ers and Chargers will meet this Saturday in a game that means a whole lot for San Diego, but very little for the 49ers. With the playoffs out of the picture and injuries up and down their roster it will be a mystery who will be on the field and how the team will play at this point in the season.
Few people thought the 49ers were going to go into Seattle and beat the Seahawks, but the 49ers gave the home team a scare. If not for injuries and a bad call, San Francisco might have been able to keep their postseason hopes alive.
While NaVorro Bowman might not be playing, the rest for the 49ers has been good. Seattle is more or less healthy setting up an even rematch at least in terms of injuries.
Six different Oakland Raiders were unable to practice on Thursday, leaving their statuses for Sunday’s game in Kansas City questionable. That could hurt the Silver & Black’s chances of securing a season sweep over their reeling AFC West rivals this weekend. But don’t worry: Linebacker Sio Moore will be on the field.
The 49ers season is still not over. They can still make the playoffs, and even if unable to do that still need to show the rest of the NFC West where they stand. The team needs to forget about the past two weeks and focus on a strong finish as things could still fall their way before it’s all said and done.
With all the talk about the Oakland Raiders acquiring San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh in a trade for draft picks, few seem to be considering the possibility the Silver & Black might retain Interim Head Coach Tony Sparano. One thing is certain: With an inferior roster, Sparano out-prepared and out-coached Harbaugh last week as the Raiders beat the 49ers, 24-13. That has to count for something.
The Oakland Raiders broke their 16-game losing streak last month against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Coliseum, but now the Silver & Black go to Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri for the rematch. The Chiefs have lost three in a row, and they are on the verge of playoff elimination—they might blame the Raiders for that, so there’s going to be some nasty waiting for Oakland this weekend.