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No loss is pretty, but when you are held scoreless for over 40 minutes, it's UGLY. The worst part about this loss is that the 49ers actually had a chance to win it at the end. Questionable calls occurred throughout the game but the two that really burned were the two that twice negated a touchdown at the goal line with less than a minute left.


This was the first play that should have been a touchdown. The catch was ruled complete but they marked him down at the one. Clearly the ball crossed the plane of the goal line. 
This is a screen shot of the second play at he goal line where Kaepernick actually recovered a not securely snapped ball and then crossed the goal line before he fumbled, not to mention the hand inside his face mask. 

Those two calls aside, (and the safety that was not called)  I am a firm believer that a team needs to play at a level where the refs are unable to alter the outcome of a game. The 49ers did not do that. The OL allowed a season high eight sacks while the 49ers defense only recorded one.  The 49er offense was ineffective, only converting third downs 3 of 12 times and they went 0-2 in the red zone. Phil Dawson uncharacteristically missing a FG attempt added to the offense's woes.  


Things aren't going to get any easier for the Niners who have a two game road stint next, heading to the Superdome where the Saints flourish and to the cold in MetLife to meet the NY Giants the following week. 

 
 
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It's a fantastic accomplishment to be named special teams player of the week after successfully knocking in five field goals in one game. It's even more impressive that two of those FGs were from longer than 50 yards away (52 & 55). Phil Dawson came through with 15 of the 22 points that the Niners scored in their victory over the Chiefs but what does not go unnoticed is that the Niners have not been able to convert in the red zone. 

Six of the nine offensive drives resulted in points. (One of those drives was the end of game/victory kneel down) Only one of those drives ended with a touchdown to Stevie Johnson. This is not new for the team. David Akers was the leading offensive scorer during his tenure with the Niners. In the 2011 season Akers scored a total of 166 points. 

There's a great Niners Nation article breaking down the 49ers red zone plays vs. Chiefs that shows where missed blocks and the lack of development in plays, including Kaepernick not always seeing open receivers, have stunted the Niners offense at the end of drives. 

Kap, however, is developing through his progressions more this season and adding WR weapons may be a part of it. Crabtree, Boldin, Llyod, Johnson and Patton are a formidable group of weapons not to mention Miller at FB and Davis at TE when he's healthy. 

Obviously a win is a win, but to allow teams to stay in the game with a chance at a winning drive is not the optimum situation. The defense can clearly win games for the team, but relying on them to do so shouldn't be the expectation.