Times have sure taken a rough turn for the 49ers in recent years.
Just three seasons ago, San Francisco made its third consecutive NFC Championship Game appearance and was a season removed from a Super Bowl loss. Since then, they’ve failed to record a winning season, going 8-8 in 2014 and 5-11 last year.
The current 49ers are really struggling, as they are in a franchise-record 12-game losing streak.
While that may seem like an eternity for a franchise with the second-most Super Bowl titles (five), the skid doesn’t approach some of the longest in the NFL.
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It’s not even the longest in 2016. That goes to the Cleveland Browns, who are 0-13 and have just three more chances to avoid tying the 2008 Detroit Lions for a winless 16-game season.
STREAKING THE WRONG WAY
Here’s a look at the league’s five longest skids:
Skid snapped with a …
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sept. 1976-Dec. 1977
33-14 win at New Orleans Saints*
Dec. 2007-Sept. 2009
19-14 win vs. Washington Redskins**
Nov. 1961-Dec. 1962
20-0 win vs. Boston Patriots***
Oct. 1972-Oct. 1973
31-27 win at Baltimore Colts
St. Louis Rams
Oct. 2008-Oct. 2009
17-10 win at Detroit Lions
Oct. 1960-Nov. 1961
28-28 tie at Dallas Cowboys****
* First win in franchise history
** Included in the streak is the NFL’s only 0-16 season
*** Won the finale to avoid being first winless team in a 14-game season
****Had two ties before skid began, then ended losing streak with a tie
NOT DOWN FOR LONG
In terms of long losing streaks, the shortest skid for a franchise is eight games. That goes to the Minnesota Vikings (December 2001 to September 2002) and the Chicago Bears (five times, the last ending in September 2015).