NFL Nation: Steve Wilson
|Chris Morrison-US PRESSWIRE|
|San Francisco running back Frank Gore stumbled on his way to the end zone in the final moments against the Cardinals on Monday night.|
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
To hear coach Mike Singletary and offensive coordinator Mike Martz tell it, the San Francisco 49ers got a raw deal Monday night.
In reality, the 49ers might have been better off with ESPN's Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski managing the final four seconds of their 29-24 defeat to the Arizona Cardinals.
There can be no other reasonable conclusion after a careful deconstruction of the facts.To the 49ers' credit, they acknowledged mistakes that let precious seconds run off the clock prior to the final four ticks. But if those final four seconds raised questions about the 49ers' game-management skills, the subsequent explanations from Singletary and Martz validated those questions, and then some.
Before we count the ways, let's consider the facts leading up to Michael Robinson's failed 1-yard run on the final play.
4:56 2nd Qtr Arizona 3 San Diego 9 9:47 2nd Qtr Seattle 7 Oakland 28 Final Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14 Final Detroit 23 Buffalo 0 Final Indianapolis 7 Cincinnati 35 Final New York 7 Philadelphia 37 Final St. Louis 13 Miami 14 Final Kansas City 14 Green Bay 34 Final Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0 Final New England 13 New York 16 Final Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10 Final Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13 Final Chicago 13 Cleveland 33 Final San Francisco 40 Houston 13 Final Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3 Final Denver 27 Dallas 3