Ed Szczepanski, USA TODAY Sports
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.