The San Francisco 49ers lost another heart breaker, 14-16 against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday to bring their record to 0-4.
In a bizarre twist, however, the ailing team is only two games out of first place in the NFC West.
Nobody wants a sugar-coated turd, but at the season's first-quarter mark, the 49ers are still in it.
In the next four weeks, San Francisco faces a rather confused Philadelphia Eagles team next Sunday night at home, then the Oakland Raiders (again at Candlestick), the Carolina Panthers at Charlotte, and then the Denver Broncos at Wembley Stadium in England.
If the team's second quarter of the season goes as well as the first one was awful, they can head into their bye week at 4-4 and looking for more.
They then come off their bye week to face the St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Candlestick. After those home games, they'll travel to Arizona to play the Cardinals, before their date with the Packers at Lambeau. Realistically, they can (yes, CAN) still find themselves at 7-5 heading into the home stretch.
The final games of the season include Seattle at home, a trip down to San Diego, a visit to St. Louis, and the season finale when the Cardinals visit The Stick.
So with five looming divisional matchups, the 49ers are somehow still very much in charge of their own destiny.
This best-case scenario starts with one stinking victory, however, and that's a feat which has eluded them—throughout the entire first quarter of the 2010 season.