49ers turn ball, game over into the hands of Eagles in 27-24 defeat

Smith, Singletary still digging for gold in San Francisco

The Eagles proved they can win no matter who’s under center, the 49ers are on the other hand, are still trying to figure out how to win with who’s currently under center.

— Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results — Albert Einstein

“I think a pretty decent football team is 0-5,” Singletary said. “I’m disappointed for them, because we put ourselves in this situation. Only we can get ourselves out.”  This has been the story of the season -the Niners putting themselves in “this situation”. So much for this being the game the 49ers turn things around, as that will have to wait for yet another week.  Before too long, who knows if they’ll receive the opportunity to redeem themselves and their dismal start to the season.  Who knows how long it will take for them to get themselves out of the hole they’ve dug for themselves.  Your 2010 49ers: “We will find a way to beat ourselves”.

Unfazed by losing their best QB, the Eagles held of a late 49ers comeback, keeping San Francisco winless, in a 27-24 victory in the Bay Area Sunday night.  LeSean McCoy led the offensive assault going for 138 total yards of offense, including a 29-yard touchdown run with 1:53 remaining in the 1st half to put Philly up 17-7.

You could say the 49ers gave up the game once again, and they did, as they gave the ball away five times in comparison to one giveaway by the Eagles.  “They turned the ball over so much,” McCoy said. “They would drive down the field and couldn’t finish. We just focused on closing the game out, and we counted on our defense to bail us out at the end.”  Even the Eagles knew the 49ers shot themselves in the foot, something Mike Singletary said they just wouldn’t do anymore before the game in an interview with Bob Costas.  Frank Gore uncharacteristically fumbled twice, and Alex Smith fumbled once after getting sacked by rookie Brandon Graham, which resulted in a 52-yard TD by the beneficiary Quintin Mikell.  Mikell’s score put the Eagles ahead 24-10 early in the 4th.  Smith also threw two picks, including the game-clinching interception for the Birds with 28 seconds to go.  It was a throw that was altered by the pass rush of Trevor Laws, who hit Smith just as he got rid of the ball, a lame duck ball, which so happened to end up in the hands of a fourth-round rookie from Kentucky, Trevor Lindley.  It was #11’s ninth completion to the opposing team on the year.

During the week, coach Singletary was asked if he’s thought about changing quarterbacks, Singletary responded, “I’m nowhere near that point.”  You have to wonder how long much longer Smith’s inconsistency will keep him under center.  “I’m going to keep on going out there until they tell me I’m not,” Smith said.  David Carr is the team’s back-up, and the crowd was chanting for his name after a myriad of boo-birds came out during the final quarter.  At times Smith looked like an All-Pro, at other times he looked like, Alex Smith. Nonetheless, the 49ers will head back to the drawing board, hoping to bring home their first victory in the match-up with the in-state rival Raiders.  In order to notch their first win of the season they have to hold on to the ball better.  “You can’t win with turnovers, and we seem to have problems with ball security every game,” said receiver Michael Crabtree, who had nine catches for 105 yards.  It is hard enough for winning teams with a track record of winning to win despite of turnovers, let alone teams that can’t even find a way to win.  As for the Eagles, they will host the upstart 4-1 Falcons, in a battle of the Birds.

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