Around the NFC West: 49ers implode

October, 13, 2008
10/13/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

David Fucillo of ninersnation.com wonders if he just witnessed the worst-coached fourth quarter in football history. 

Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat blames the 49ers' defeat on offensive coordinator Mike Martz. Specifically, Martz refused to run the ball when leading by nine points in the fourth quarter.

Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers reached a new low under Mike Nolan when they gave away the game against the Eagles.

Gary Peterson of the Contra Costa Times says "you had to be there to smell" what the 49ers did in the fourth quarter.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle quotes cornerback Walt Harris as saying the 49ers are on the verge of turning things around. But Crumpacker sees the season "slip-sliding" away after the 49ers allowed 23 fourth-quarter points.

Also from Crumpacker: Nolan loses both replay challenges in costly fashion, and other notes.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider says tight end Delanie Walker played fullback after an injury sidelined Zak Keasey. The injury could be serious. Lynch thinks Walker could continue in the role. For what it's worth, the Lions recently released Moran Norris, the player Keasey beat out for a roster spot.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat wonders if the 49ers' season is a lost cause after the most recent defeat.

Also from Maiocco: Nolan gathered the team in the locker room to tell them the season was a long way from being over.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee hands out postgame grades. He gives an "A" to Joe Nedney, Ray McDonald and the special teams.

Also from Barrows: The 49ers ditched their "Big Sub" package on defense, among other changes, and things went well -- until the fourth quarter.

More from Barrows: Nolan's ill-fated challenge of a field-goal try was wide left.

Ailene Voison of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers abandoned Frank Gore when they needed him most.

Chrissy Mauck of 49ers.com quotes Nolan as saying the defense has replaced the offense as the 49ers' weakest link.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News offers up a postgame report card. Nolan and the coaching get a D-minus.

Also from Brown: The 49ers have now given up more points than any team in the league.

Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News said the 49ers had no answers after this one. As for throwing the ball while leading in the fourth quarter? "I'm not the coach, and I don't make the calls," Gore said.

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