San Francisco 49ers: Encouraging Signs in a Loss

Divya ParmarSenior Analyst ISeptember 28, 2009

Oh, what a heartbreaking loss. After playing really well, the San Francisco 49ers were set to win and go to 3-0. Everything was in place, and all the 49ers needed was one stop on defense.

Then Brett Favre happened. A miracle throw with two seconds left doomed the 49ers.

But despite this tough loss, Niners fans have a lot to be happy about.

Shaun Hill led a big fourth quarter drive to put the team ahead and showed the composure of an elite NFL quarterback. He showed why he deserves to be a starter in this league.

One of Shaun Hill's key weapons, Vernon Davis, had a breakout game and showed that he can be the offensive force the 49ers wanted when they made him the highest paid tight end in the NFL.

On the defensive side, the 49ers contained Adrian Peterson, limiting to him to less than 100 yards. The defense also forced Favre to throw an interception and limited the Vikings passing attack.

Sure, the 49ers had special teams breakdowns, and they couldn't stop the Vikings on the last drive, but the 49ers were competitive the whole game.

The 49ers established themselves as contenders by going toe-to-toe with a very good Vikings team on the road in a hostile environment. The 49ers of past years would have crumpled under the adversity, but this team held firm and almost won.

This was an encouraging game, and the 49ers are definitely for real. This team should have great success this season.

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