By: Phillip Torres
SANTA CLARA-The San Francisco 49ers (1-2) have lost two straight games for only the second time under the tenure of head coach Jim Harbaugh. Two tough losses have the 49ers in third place in the NFC West, when they could easily be 3-0 atop the toughest division in all of football.
The Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) are coming off of three great victories as they sit atop the NFC East. The high powered Eagles are soaring under head coach Chip Kelly. Quarterback Nick Foles is playing extremely well and the one-two punch of Lesean McCoy and Darren Sproles are a tough combination to stop.
The 49ers must find a way to score points in the second half of football games if they want to make it back to the postseason and ultimately the Super Bowl. San Francisco has been a first half football team in the first three games of the season and they have not been able to close out two of those games. The 49ers have lead in all three games. They have scored just three second half points all season long.
Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers have been outstanding in the first half as they are the only team in the NFL that has scored a touchdown on all three of their opening possession. San Francisco has not trailed in the first half all season long, but they seem to fall off after halftime.
The main concern for the 49ers has to be the second half play of Colin Kaepernick. Normally a standout player that comes through in the clutch, Kaepernick has played terribly in the second half of football games this season. Another concern is the secondary. Without Tramaine Brock for a second straught game, the 49ers secondary was exposed once again.
Rookie first round pick Jimmie Ward has been picked on this season giving up four touchdown catches in the past two games alone. He has to step up his play if San Francisco will have any hope in bouncing back in the NFC West.
Other than the personal concerns, the penalties is what is really hurting the Red and Gold. San Francisco committed over 100 yards of penalties in back to back games. It is easy to see why both of those games have resulted in losses.
San Francisco will look to clean up their play as they will host the Eagles at home in Levi’s Stadium in Week four of the NFL season.