Lions and Rams don't count, so this is final chance to answer the big questions

The 49ers need to beat the Eagles. I know the Eagles are really good and the 49ers are still learning. But the 49ers need to beat the Eagles.

What are the 49ers? They are a team with a losing record. If you go by the standings ? and there is no other way to go ? the 49ers are just another losing team playing out the schedule. Face it, we were promised all sorts of stuff before the season, mostly that the 49ers would go to the playoffs. Good luck on that.

You need to understand something. The Eagles game is the 49ers? season, their season in a nutshell. They have the privilege of playing an elite team. They have the privilege of playing a game with national interest and large implications. And they need to perform. Why is this game such a big deal? Because the 49ers? final two games against those flops from Detroit and St. Louis are meaningless.

Which means the Niners have two classes of games remaining ? a real game with real significance against the Eagles, and two joke games against two joke teams. They need to beat the Eagles. A good loss won?t do. The Niners already have had their quota of good, close losses. When we look back on this season, one theme will be apparent. The 49ers improved the quality of their losses from previous seasons.

Vikings 27, 49ers 24: good loss.

Texans 24, 49ers 21: very good loss.

Colts 18, 49ers 14: exceedingly good loss.

Packers 30, 49ers 24: heck of a good loss.

The 49ers need to do better than lose with style. Mike Singletary already told us he doesn?t believe in moral victories ? meaning close losses, the Niners? specialty. He believes in victorious victories. Let the 49ers surprise us. Let the 49ers defeat the Eagles.

Let the 49ers answer the basic questions in this, the only remaining game that can answer basic questions. Can they put pressure on the quarterback ? in this case Donovan McNabb? Can they cover fast wide receivers ? in this case DeSean Jackson, just about the most exciting player in the league?

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