Another week, another San Francisco 49ers loss. The Niners' losing streak hit nine Sunday, as they fell to the New England Patriots 30-17. They remain in position to capture the No. 1 overall pick in the coming NFL Draft. The 49ers hung around for a bit, but once again folded in the second half.
Here are three things we learned from the 49ers' 30-17 loss to the Patriots.
3. The 49ers Badly Need Weapons
We'll get to this again later, but the 49ers will continue to lose games because they simply lack talent. Colin Kaepernick is one of the best weapons on the team, but he's not the ideal option for anyone. Outside of Carlos Hyde, the 49ers have nothing. Those two just aren't enough to get it done. The 49ers' three leading receivers were TE Vance McDonald, backup RB Shaun Draughn and backup TE Garrett Celek. There are a lot of needs the 49ers will need to address in the coming offseason, but getting at least one legit weapon is never the very top. Right now, they've just got a bunch of guys.
2. 49ers Had Little Chance Against Brady
The 49ers were behind the eight ball against Brady. An injured, not-that talented defense against one the greatest QBs ever? Yeah, that's a mismatch. Brady only completed 24 of 40 passes, but threw for 280 yards and four TDs with no picks. The four passes went to different WRs. All things considered, the 49ers put up a good fight. It's just one that was completed stacked against them.
1. There's A Pattern To Many 49ers Losses
That pattern is one we've seen happen to many different teams, usually ones that just lack talent. The 49ers hang around in the first half and sometimes even longer than that. That was the case this week, with the 49ers trailing by just 3. And then the Patriots' superior talent took over and the 49ers just couldn't hang around forever. The 49ers have done that several times this year, and they'll likely do it again. This team isn't poorly coached (given what he has, Chip Kelly has done a solid job), but they lack the players to pull out wins. That falls on GM Trent Baalke, who might be out of a job.