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No one on the 49ers team or staff made any excuses that injuries were a part of the loss to the Denver Broncos but even Peyton Manning acknowledged that they were a factor. Manning after the game: "They have some injuries that I think put some pressure on their defense and we were able to take advantage of that." 

The resounding theme amongst Harbaugh and the players was the 'Next Man Up' mantra regarding how "Players need to be ready whenever their number is called," Antoine Bethea

Patrick Willis: "It's been a season of injury but we make no excuses. When one man goes down it's another man's opportunity to step up. Our guys have done a great job at that." 

Vernon Davis: "It's been tough for us but we can't blame it on the injuries. We still have to play. We have guys that can back certain guys up and we believe in them." 

Eric Reid on what the game would have been the outcome with all of the starters playing:  "That's something we can't worry about. It's a hypothetical situation that isn't real right now. No matter what the situation is, we got to go out there and play."

I think Ahmad Brooks summed it up the best saying about the injuries "It probably caught up with us today. We have a lot of key guys out." 

 
 
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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.