You do realize if Titus had caught the perfectly thrown ball in the end zone, and if the officials hadn't screwed up on the clock, we'd have won? That's a lot more certain than taking chances against the #1 defense (that is better than our offense). We were one Niners player away from the onside kick to have been 15 yards from the red zone with a minute left?
They're the best team in the NFL right now guys. Our team was crippled. The fact we only lost by (barring official mistakes) what is four points against them with our personnel missing is pretty amazing.
I can't tell you how many times we went three and out against crappy defenses. Even against terrible defenses we'll go three and out in under two minutes all the time, more than we score. Their backfield is full of pro-bowlers and when we did try deep were never open. Do you think the three and out strategy against their offense that always put points up and takes six or seven minutes of the clock each drive to do it, by just relying on taking quick chances deep we'd have been off better?
I'm telling you guys it was a close game and called right. And last year Best and short passes did most of our damage.
We offensively scored just as many points this year with less talent and a bad Stafford. Kept them to about the same amount of points. Take away the official mistake, and we did BETTER against the 49'ers this year than last (with them having WR weapons now).
I actually may have a bit more faith in Schwartz ability to play call. Short catches that move the chains and runs to the outside wear out the backfield. We'd be set up for a 4th quarter comeback, which we were starting to see possible when Pettigrew was able to get wide open for the TD with a little time left. A little bit of a rope-a-dope strategy tiring their backfield so we can pull out the big guns in the 4th.
Barring bad execution we really would have won, which is more than a lot of teams will be able to say against the 49'ers this year. Considering our roster without Broyles, Best, Leshoure, or our starting backfield, I think Schwartz deserves a lot more credit than he's being given.