Who knew that after a bye week with reinforcements on hand that the San Francisco 49ers would have perhaps their worst showing of the 2013 season?
For several reasons, many of which we'll get into, the 49ers failed to secure a home victory versus the Carolina Panthers, in a game that came down to one point. For the most part, it was injuries, poor game-planning and execution, coupled with a failure to adjust, that really hurt San Francisco's chances of mounting a comeback in the second half.
These two were neck-and-neck for much of this one, but when it came time to roll the dice in the third and fourth quarters, the 49ers had snake eyes.
The offense was suffocated to an embarrassing degree, and the defense did everything within its power to make this a game. It just was not enough. Unfortunately for San Francisco, this will be chalked up as its third loss of the year, now putting the team three games behind the Seattle Seahawks for first in the NFC West.
After having their five-game win streak snapped, coach Jim Harbaugh is, once again, going to have to regroup and address several vulnerabilities that this team has. The version of the 49ers we witnessed on Sunday is not the team that has the makings of a Super Bowl champion. This is one that needs to be reevaluated and corrected first.
For an idea of what conversations may be brewing at 4949 Centennial Blvd. on Monday, proceed through the following for takeaways from the Week 10 loss to Carolina.