2-1 San Francisco 49ers Have Lacked a Killer Instinct

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Published: September 28, 2009

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... now 2-1 San Francisco 49ers have an alarming trend through their first three games.

Each and every week this season, the 49ers have forced a turnover on downs late in the game only to punt the ball away and give their opponent another chance with the football.

In their huge Week One upset (in Arizona) over the defending NFC champion Cardinals, the 49ers forced a turnover on downs with 1:51 remaining in the game. Instead of mixing up the play calling to ice the game with a first down, the 49ers ran the ball all three times and took just 43 second off the clock before punting. Fortunately for San Francisco, their defense was up to the task against a rusty Kurt Warner.

Furthermore, the same scenario occurred in the 49ers home opener against the Seahawks. Even though San Francisco had this game much more in hand, (leading 23-10 at the time) the offense still couldn't muster a first down. Rookie running-back Glen Coffee ran the ball three straight times and the 49ers...

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