San Francisco 49ers 33-41 Dallas Cowboys From playing the 2020 Super Bowl to being out of the playoffs
San Francisco passed the Super Bowl to a losing record in a loss of ball from a season.
While the 49ers, defending NFC champions, would have had to win their last three games just to break even, They won’t even be able to do it after Sunday’s 41-33 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, who definitely took the lead with scores. after that Nick Mullens will throw two interceptions in the fourth quarter.
Mullins also had an early fumble that led to a Dallas score, a week after he had an interception and a fumble returned for TDs when the uprooted 49ers (5-9) lost to Washington.
“You ask us the reason why we are losing, it is for losses of ball,” Mullens said. “It’s not because we’re in Arizona, or we’re not working so hard, things like that. Our defense is playing very well, our special teams are playing very well. Really good job moving the ball in some spots today, but we’re just not protecting the ball. I don’t think Arizona is a valid excuse to lose games. “
The 49ers, who have temporarily moved to Arizona due to COVID-19 restrictions at home in California, they are only the second team in the past 13 seasons to have a losing record the season after losing the Super Bowl. Carolina went 6-10 in 2016. They were officially eliminated from playoff contention when Arizona won later that day.
They have multiple turnovers in their last eight games, the team’s longest streak since 2008. Four of Dallas’ seven scores were caused by turnovers and a fifth came on a side kick return.
“We have dealt with a lot of nonsense this year, but to say that it’s too much to overcome, I think we would have gotten over it with no losses today. “said coach Kyle Shanahan.
Mullins, plagued with turnovers, wasn’t even on the field when the 49ers scored in their last two series of the game, in the middle of a kickoff return for a touchdown when they attempted a side kick in the last minute when they still had a chance to tie the game.
CJ Beathard, who completed a 49-yard Hail Mary touchdown to Kendrick Bourne on the last play of the game after leading them first to a field goal, He came in because Mullins lost feeling in his elbow after being hit in the hand and not from interceptions.
“I’m not taking a guy out in the fourth quarter right in a tight game right after he throws his first interception, especially when the ball was going to the right place, “Shanahan said.
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He The game was tied at 24-24 when Mullens threw his first interception with approximately 10 minutes and a half left to play, leading to a Dallas field goal from the lead. The other selection arrived with just under 3 minutes to go, setting up Tony Pollard’s 40-yard touchdown run.
The 49ers are 2-6 in games started by Mullens, the backup who has taken over Jimmy Garoppolo limited to six games due to a pair of ankle injuries. Shanahan waited until the middle of the week before the Cowboys game to commit to Mullens as a starter, then admitted that it’s difficult to keep giving him chances with all the turnovers.
When asked if Beathard could start next week against Arizona, regardless of the Mullens’ health, the coach replied: “We’ll see. I haven’t thought about that, but I’ll definitely let CJ and Nick know.”
San Francisco outplayed the Cowboys with 458 total yards at 291, but the Dallas team that lost running back Ezekiel Elliott played a game with no losses.
For Shanahan, it’s his third losing season in four years since he became the 49ers coach.
“In a way I understood what the first years would be like coming here. We knew what we wanted to do and build through that. Everything went as planned,” Shanahan said. “This year was the most disappointing. We had very high expectations for this year. Losing the Super Bowl and then not seeing our guys until training ground … Definitely a big challenge this year, but I always believed that we could win more games than we have won so far. ”