Leading Off

49ers still can turn around season

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick fumbles the ball on the one-yard line and the St. Louis Rams recover the ball in the fourth quarter at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, November 2, 2014 in Santa Clara, Calif.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick fumbles the ball on the one-yard line and the St. Louis Rams recover the ball in the fourth quarter at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, November 2, 2014 in Santa Clara, Calif. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Four days after watching the Giants win their third World Series title only months after it appeared the team wouldn’t even reach the playoffs, San Francisco sports fans resumed watching their regularly scheduled NFL season already in progress.

And as soon as Colin Kaepernick’s last-second fumble at the goal line was ruled official to slap the 49ers across the face with a 13-10 loss to the lowly Rams, you had to wonder how many of those San Francisco sports fans reached for the calendar to see how many days until Giants pitchers and catchers report to spring training in 2015.

It’s 108, give or take a day.

The frustration felt by the 49ers and their faithful was not as much about losing to the Rams – a team that would love to have half of the 49ers’ talent – but the team’s performance and the coaches’ play-calling as it continues to lose credibility as a Super Bowl contender.

It’s as dark as it’s ever been at the midway point under coach Jim Harbuagh, who has not lost more than four games in three previous regular seasons with the 49ers. The team looks like a stranger in its new Santa Clara home, which has yet to become the home-field advantage Candlestick Park was.

Uncertainty about Harbaugh’s future with the 49ers hovers like an ominous cloud over Levi’s Stadium, and nobody outside the locker room knows the relationship between Harbaugh and his players.

Winning cures all, and there are eight more opportunities for the 49ers to get well. There’s no question the 49ers have the talent; it’s a matter of getting all of their ships to sail in the same direction.

Just as it wasn’t over in the dog days of August when some Giants fans were ready to give up, it isn’t over for the 49ers.

Victor Contreras

vcontreras@sacbee.com


Today’s poll


Monday’s poll results

Which Giants rookie will have the best big-league career?

▪ Matt Duffy: 1%

▪ Joe Panik: 88%

▪ Juan Perez: 3%

▪ Hunter Strickland: 1%

▪ Andrew Susac: 7%

Total votes: 157

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