Wednesday, November 20, 2013
49ers are staying the course
By Bill Williamson
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers reconvened Wednesday as they try to shake off the sting of two straight losses (by a total of four points) and try to regain playoff momentum Monday night at the Washington Redskins.
After listening to veteran players, running back Frank Gore and cornerback Carlos Rogers, I get the sense that the team is not splintering.
Gore blamed himself for the loss 23-20 loss at New Orleans. The running back dropped a ball that would have likely been a big gain late in the game.
"I point at myself with the pass. I should have made that catch," Gore said. "We wouldn't be talking about this right now."
Rogers said the defense is not pointing fingers at the offense, which has sputtered during the short losing skid. The unit played well enough to win against both the Panthers (in a 10-9 home loss) and at New Orleans.
"When you're on the sideline, of course there's frustration," Rogers said. "You're sitting back and asking what's going on, move the ball, put some points on the board, especially if you're playing good defense. But once we get back on the field, it's, 'Man, let's get the ball back for the offense and find a way to get a turnover.' "
Perhaps it's a comfort to the team that they ripped off a five-game winning streak after dropping back-to-back games in Weeks 2 and 3.
In other 49ers notes:
49ers punter Andy Lee was an honorable-mention ESPN.com Punter of the Week. He had netted 48.7 yards on seven punts at New Orleans. The only positive yardage the Saints got on the punts was a 15-yard penalty on Kassim Osgood that setup a game-winning field goal as time expired.
The temperature is expected to be in the low 30s for Monday night's game at Washington.