What a difference 30 or more injuries make.
Two weeks ago the 49ers were at the top of every meaningless power ranking across the Internet. Now they're a mere 1-2 and face what could be a season-deciding game against the St. Louis Rams. Vernon Davis and Patrick Willis are both questionable for tonight's contest, though the Rams will also be without their favorite throwing target: Nnamdi Asomugha.
A win would be a pretty big deal for Jim Harbaugh, as it would get his team back to .500 with a week-and-a-half to prepare for a home game against the Houston Texans. By then, the 49ers might actually have most of their roster intact and Aldon Smith will be halfway through his Pilates sessions.
Last year, the 49ers gave away both their games to the Rams. In their previous game in St. Louis, the Niners were up eight points before Kaepernick threw a horrendous pitch to Ted Ginn, Jr., who inexplicably tried to pick the ball up and run instead of just falling on it for an easy recovery. Naturally, the Rams ran it in for a game-tying touchdown and won the game in overtime.
David Akers also missed overtime field goals in both games, though that was nothing unexpected.
Hopefully, the 49ers saved one of their mulligans for tonight. If anything, Bay Area fans would at least like to see the offense move the ball past 15 feet on each drive. Ugh.