Lowell Cohn: Face it, this isn't 49ers' year

  • New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) tries to elude San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith (94) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Before losing to the Saints, people said the 49ers had a one-dimensional offense. They could run the ball but they couldn't throw the ball. Now we have additional knowledge. The 49ers currently are a no-dimensional offense. They can't run and they can't throw. I'm sure you'll agree that running and throwing are important dimensions in Dimensionville.

After the game, quarterback Colin Kaepernick said the 49ers' four losses are regrettable but no big deal in the larger scheme of things. "We can still finish this season 12-4."

Don't bet on it, Colin.

San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints


Let's talk specifics. We are talking about the 49ers' football sins. Believe me they sinned plenty against the Saints.

Midway through the fourth quarter, the Niners clung to a 20-17 lead against New Orleans. They clung like an exhausted man hanging by his fingertips from a mountain peak, the pebbles and sand cascading past his weary hands to the floor thousands of feet below. The 49ers clung. They were lucky even to be in the game but the Saints had gifted the 49ers with three colossal mistakes that led to 49ers scores.

The mistakes were: A Niners punt which the Saints botched and the botch led to a San Francisco TD.

A pick by the Saints which the picker fumbled through the end zone for a touchback. No seven points for the Saints. The 49ers got back the ball and scored a field goal.

An interception by Ahmad Brooks which led to a San Francisco touchdown.

You get the picture. Lots of gifts by the generous Saints.

So we come to San Francisco's football sins. They were leading by a meager three points in the fourth when Brooks sacked Drew Brees and took the ball away from him. Hallelujah! It's just that the officials blew the whistle and called Brooks for unnecessary roughness and the Saints got back the ball and scored the tying field goal.

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