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After the defeat at the hands of the Cardinals, the 49ers do not see a contender.

The Arizona-based company line is that losing three games is not a death knell for the season and the 49ers’ Super Bowl ambitions.

Maybe not, but it’s worth noting that we lower the expectations of the 2021 49ers after an unbeaten 17-10 road loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

They are three games behind Arizona (5-0) and two behind the Los Angeles Rams (4-1). What used to be a four-team race is now 49ers and Seattle is 2-3. The Cardinals with Keller Murray and the Rams with Matt Stafford are safe at the forefront of football.

Coach Kill Shanhan insisted that “nothing has changed” in his farewell weekend, which means that when Jimmy Garopolo’s calf is well enough, he goes back to the starting lineup. The Hawks have lost Russell Wilson after finger surgery to repair a tendon for a maximum of eight games.

It just makes the Cardinals and the Rams the front runners and also redeems the 49ers and the Hawks unless you’re convinced that the Jimmy G. Tree Lance season long dance and Gino Smith’s half season are enough to compete in the playoffs. Will be.

The biggest reason for skepticism is what the 49ers can achieve, but it’s not the only one.

The 49ers lost to Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rogers to Seattle when Wilson was healthy and now to the Cardinals led by Killer Murray. Arizona is 5-0 and Green Bay is 4-1. You could argue that the 49ers could have won all three games. That’s exactly what they think.

“Don’t take anything away from these guys, they win, but I thought we had every chance of winning those games and it’s more about us than anyone else,” said 49ers coach Kill Shanhan. ۔ ”

“We could easily be 5-0 and obviously we are not,” said Trent Williams.

“All three losses are really close and there are only small things we could have done better,” said defensive end Nick Bosa.

As always, the bottom line is the overriding factor, and the teams that win the Super Bowl don’t lose three straight games. At least he’s never been to San Francisco. Out of their five championship teams, the 1988 team lost 10-6 and once lost three of the four but never straightened out.

None of the last 49 teams that made it to the Super Bowl, under Shanehan in 2019 and Jim Harbaugh in 2012, have ever lost by three.

To believe that keeping some bodies healthy and making some minor adjustments to eliminate punishments and the third and fourth ups and downs is a huge leap of faith that does not necessarily deserve 49er.

A good team Shanhan continued to be the winner and went ahead 13-3. His other teams who showed incompatibility remained the same. Injuries are a part of it, and this aspect has resurfaced with the injuries of the cornerback position with Garpolo, George Cuttle and Jason Verrett and K Van Williams.

Arizona’s James Connor scored 1 yard run against the 49ers in the first quarter of a 17-10 victory in Arizona. AP Photo

The teams you can count on don’t do very well defensively as the 49ers did against the Cardinals but scored a touchdown and a field goal in nine overs and lost anyway.

The teams you can rely on don’t add 457 to 234 yards to the total offense as the 49ers did against Seattle and lost anyway.

The teams you can count on don’t fight back from a 17-0 deficit, take a 28-27 lead, then allow a quarterback (even Rogers) to complete 47 yards in the last 37 seconds so that 51-yard field round gun.

And for the 49ers it has been the dominant character through five games – lack of dependence. They took a 40-33 victory in the opener, taking a huge lead against an undefeated Detroit team. Hitting Philadelphia on the road in Week 2 involved some toughness and toughness but it didn’t translate much in the next three games.

Saying goodbye, the 49ers host Indianapolis on Sunday night, October 24, visit the Chicago Bears on Halloween and then have division games against both the Cardinals and the Rams in consecutive weeks. Is there anything you’ve seen over the past five weeks that convinces you that they can win three of those games and go 6-4?

Shane admitted some cheating mistakes, but said of Lance, “Overall, we could have done a little better around him. He did well enough to win.”

For all of Lance’s bravery, he takes so many chances with his body television cameras that he holds his mother Angie in his arms, unable to see. He lowered his head to try and score on the goal line and met Isaiah Siemens and Tanner Veljo. Some of Lance’s colleagues felt the same way.

“We need to learn how to slide,” Bosa said. “I need to do a little work on my joke.”

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