Sports Night: 49ers’ defense stands out, offense checks out

49ers: Lots of frustration, very few points

Any team would be satisfied to hold the Packers to just 17 points, but that happiness would be tempered if that team only scored three points, and that brings us to the 49ers and their 17-3 loss to visiting Green Bay on Sunday. It was the third loss in a row for the 49ers.

▪ Packers linebacker Clay Matthews spends a lot of time with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and informs the beleaguered signal-caller he “ain’t no Russell Wilson.” Ouch.

▪ The 49ers’ defense brings home a solid report card, but the offense may not want to show anyone its mark.

▪ The 49ers’ third loss in a row is all here, in vivid color. Check out Sunday’s photo gallery.

Furillo: Aaron Rodgers was the 49ers for the taking in 2005

So, if the 49ers could build a time machine, and, if the NFL allowed them to use it to go back, say, 10 years, would the team draft Aaron Rodgers with the second chance?

Raiders: Road woes surface in loss to Bears

Charles Woodson’s interception set up Sebastian Janikowski’s go-ahead field goal with 2:05 left, but the Raiders are unable to stop Jay Cutler and Chicago on a 12-play drive that set up Robbie Gould’s winning 49-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in a 22-20 Bears victory.

Kings: Preseason opener Monday at Portland

Regular-season expectations are high, but the Kings’ preseason, which begins Monday, is about players demonstrating to coach George Karl that there is a willingness to pass, a commitment to play defense and an understanding of his philosophies.

Giants: Season ends with a ninth-inning thud

The visiting Colorado Rockies were in no mood for sentimentality Sunday. They spoiled the Giants’ season finale by scoring seven runs in the ninth inning on the way to a 7-3 victory. The loss overshadowed shortstop Brandon Crawford’s interesting choice of walk-up music for his teammates.

A’s: Season ends with Seattle setback

The A’s season concluded Sunday with a 3-2 loss in Seattle. The A’s finished 68-94, their fewest wins since they went 65-97 in 1997. Where have you gone, Josh Donaldson?

Playoffs: Astros clinch on final day, N.L. Central rivals to meet

All of the Major League Baseball playoff matchups were set Sunday on a final day of the regular season mostly devoid of drama. The real intrigue begins Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. That's when the postseason opens with Dallas Keuchel and the Astros taking on New York ace Masahiro Tanaka in the American League wild-card game.


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