It was the worst sight imaginable for 49ers fans across the country: Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks — the despised Richard Sherman who enjoys taunting his arch rivals at every turn — laughing and gorging himself full of Thanksgiving turkey following his team’s resounding victory over San Francisco.
Making matters worse, it was Sherman’s interceptions that helped seal the deal. And with the season dwindling down and key victories from other conference rivals already in the books, the question can now be asked: Is the season already over for the 49ers?
According to Bleacher Report, the answer is a resounding yes. But it wasn’t just the loss itself that could dash the 49ers hopes at another Super Bowl run. It’s how pedestrian their offense has looked throughout the season that lead many to believe San Francisco just doesn’t have the firepower to compete in the loaded NFC this year.
“For weeks, the San Francisco 49ers offense has been teetering on the border of league average,” the article says. “That’s been enough—it’s let them slip past the New Orleans Saints, the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. [But] on Thanksgiving night, the offense was not league average. It wasn’t even below league average—it was an entirely inept performance against, to be fair, a tough Seattle Seahawks defense. With their season more or less on the line, the San Francisco 49ers put up one of the worst performances of the season.”
The performance was so bad that 49ers CEO Jed York apologized via Twitter shortly after the game to all 49ers fans who made the trek out on Thanksgiving night to watch them.
Thank you #49ersfaithful for coming out strong tonight. This performance wasn't acceptable. I apologize for that
— Jed York (@JedYork) November 28, 2014
According to ESPN, San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis, who caught two passes for 13 yards, did not flinch when told of York’s Tweet.
“If he said that, then I guess it was, I guess it was unacceptable,” Davis said. “We all hold ourselves accountable around here. We’re all in it together — the owners, the coaches, the players. We’re all in it together. We can play better than that — we know it. Everyone knows it. But we didn’t go out there and do it today.”
As reported by Inquisitr, the 49ers’ chances for a playoff berth hinged on last night’s game. Already two games back in the division behind the surprising Arizona Cardinals, the 49ers loss also dropped them a game back in the wild card, with both Detroit and Dallas in play.
The 49ers head to Oakland, where they will try and pick up the pieces against their nearby rivals the Raiders.
[ Image via Bleacher Report ]