Similarities Draw Between Last Week and This Week for 49ers

December 10, 2016

NFL, San Francisco 49ers

AP photo: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) looks for some daylight in the snowy banks of Soldier Field last Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick and the 49ers should get better weather this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons at Levis Stadium

By: Joe Lami

SANTA CLARA–For the second straight week, the San Francisco 49ers have another great opportunity to capture a win, as they go up against a struggling team with a backup quarterback. The New York Jets provide a very similar matchup to what the Chicago Bears brought to the table last Sunday. All eyes will be on the running game and if San Francisco’s defense can come through against Matt Forte.

The biggest problem came on the offensive side of the ball and having zero passing game in the bad weather. Colin Kaepernick finished the day completing one pass for four yards and it gave the Bears the expectation of San Francisco’s tenacity of running the football. With such a one-dimensional offense on the field, San Francisco put themselves in a hole that they couldn’t climb their way out and once Chicago started to get going, they didn’t stand a chance.

It wasn’t until Barkley got going that the floodgates opened, as he finished with 192 yards through the air, but by opening up the passing game, San Francisco also led susceptible to the ground, allowing another 100-yard rusher to Jordan Howard and his three touchdowns.

The second half will continue to be the telling sign of how the outcome will turn out. San Francisco hasn’t put together a full 60-minute contest since week one and if they continue to struggle in the second half, they will continue the franchise’s longest losing streak.


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