Despite losing their fourth game of the 2013 NFL season—during a year in which they were expected to make a quantum leap—the San Francisco 49ers do have a few positive takeaways from Sunday's encounter with the New Orleans Saints.
It was not a total bust, especially knowing that the team was one bad call away from returning to Candlestick Park as 7-3 contenders. The team did play well in a lot of areas. Certain guys in particular have really made cases for themselves as future role players on this team, while other vets have stepped their games up significantly.
However, to appreciate the good, it is also important to recognize the bad.
The Niners have come up short in a several areas on the field, and they were magnified again this past Sunday against a very astute New Orleans coaching staff. Once again, the team was exposed, which has caused concern now that we're heading into Week 12.
Once again, it's time to take a look at San Francisco's most recent showing, complete with player-by-player analysis and grades.
- Expectations: Some players can look really good out there, but how much did they leave on the field?
- Statistics: If you were blanked, booming or something in between, this plays a significant role as to how a player is graded.
- Impact: Stats are great and all, but did those yards come in garbage time or on a 3rd-and-long? The clutch value factors in here.
- Consistency: One big play can change a game, but consistency down-to-down can make sure you win it. Who was bringing it on every play?