The Road to Perfection: SF 49ers Regular Season Predictions
Two games into the preseason and approaching the start of the regular season, the San Francisco 49ers are looking to make it to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Hopes always run high during training camp, but can dreams really come true? Let’s pull out the crystal ball and find out.
Week One: At Arizona Cardinals
Coach Singletary mistakenly names Alex Smith as the starting quarterback. Smith throws three picks in the first half before injuring his recently healed shoulder from a crushing sack by Karlos Dansby. Shaun Hill comes in the game with the team behind 21-3. He completes 19 of 24 passes with 4 touchdowns. Frank Gore breaks the century mark and scores a touchdown. Coach Singletary explicitly promises after the game that he “would never again hesitate when deciding between Hill or Smith.”
49ers: 41 Cardinals: 24
Week Two: Versus Seattle
Down by seven points with 45 seconds remaining on the clock, the 49ers score on a Hill pass to Issac Bruce. With only 5 seconds on the clock, Joe Nedney fakes the p.a.t. and scores the winning two-point conversion unscathed. 49ers: 29 Seahawks: 28
Week Three: At Minnesota
Patrick Willis channels Ray Lewis-ness when he delivers a season-ending tackle to star running back Adrain Peterson on the first play of the game. Adrian Peterson fantasy football owners across the nation sob quietly in their rooms. 49ers: 33 Vikings: 9
Week Four: Versus St. Louis
Having gone three consecutive games without a single catch, Vernon Davis yells at Shaun Hill during practice to “give me the ball, fool!” Hill sure does. Davis finishes the game with a career-high 15 receptions (not one pass dropped) and scores three touchdowns. Glenn Coffee also returns two punts for a touchdown after Allen Rossum leaves the game with a sore left shoulder.
49ers: 44 Rams: 3
Week Five: Versus Atlanta
Mike Singletary is ejected from the game after arguing vehemently at the referees for several bad calls. The 49ers are empowered by his display of passion, and go on to tie the NFL record for most touchdowns in a game with 10.
49ers: 76 Atlanta: 7
Week Six: At Houston
A battle between two offensive juggernauts. Steve Slaton and Frank Gore both have 200+ yards rushing, but the 49ers pull away with a the victory. 49ers: 54 Houston: 21
Week Seven: At Indianoplis
Indianopolis takes an early 21-0 lead after the 49ers suffer defensive breakdowns and turnovers on special teams. Shuan Hill helps cut the lead down to 28-14 before halftime. The 49er’s defensive line record their 8th consecutive 10+ sack game. Later, the 49ers cruise to an easy win. 49ers: 41 Colts: 21
Week 9: Versus Tennessee
A seesaw battle between two undefeated teams. Issac Bruce suffers a concussion and leaves the game in the second quarter with both teams deadlocked at 14 points apiece. The game then goes into overtime. Joe Nedney becomes the hero when he kicks a career high 62-yard field goal against winds blowing at 25 mph. 49ers: 20 Titans:17
Week 10: Versus Chicago
In the first prime time game of the year, the 49ers comeback to win on a Shaun Hill last minute 25 yard run into the end zone as time expires. The nation begins to take the 49ers seriously. 49ers: 38 Bears: 35
Week 11: At Green Bay
After unretiring for the millionth time to join the Vikings at the start of the preseason, Brett Fav-ra leads Minnesota to a self-satisfying victory over the Green Bay Packers (he would retire again two days later citing “family” as being the primary reason).Clearly unfocused and spiraling quickly to the bottom of the league, the Packers give up completely as Aaron Rodgers is sacked a season high 11 times.49ers: 53 Packers: 3
Week 12: Versus Jacksonville
Ravaged by injuries to their receivers corps again, the Seattle Seahawks do not score. “Complete and utter humiliation,” Coach Jim Mora admits to the media after the game. He is later fired by management and replaced by offensive coordinator Gregg Knapp.
49ers: 53 Seahawks: 0
Week 14: Versus Arizona
49ers: 34 Lions: 28