There were two really sad, memorable moments from Sunday night’s 27-24 Eagles victory over the 49ers.
1. The first one came when the 49ers crowded chanted: “We want [David] Carr, We want Carr.”
Rarely has a home crowd ever so completely given up on a season. San Francisco isn’t known for having overly tough fans, but the thunderous booing after Alex Smith’s fumble early in the fourth quarter was as intense as we’ve ever heard.
Mike Singletary contemplated taking Alex Smith out at that point, even telling him so. After the game, Singletary said he did it mostly to “see what his response would be . . . a quarterback that has anything in him, will have something to say about that,” Singletary said.
Smith talked his way back into the game. After some communication issues, Smith brought the 49ers back on two gutsy, impressive touchdown drives to make the game close. Singletary said he’ll consider making a quarterback change this week. Smith finished the game 25-of-39 for 309 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.
A promising final drive ended on a Smith interception after his protection collapsed and his arm was hit during a throw.
2. The post-game press conference from Singletary was difficult to watch. He wore the pain from the 0-5 start on his face and struggled to get the answers out. No longer defiant after a loss, he was truly dejected.
At one point, Singletary said the best team the 49ers have faced all year was the 49ers. Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders couldn’t help cracking up on the NFL Network highlight show.
“Well, did they beat the 49ers? Because they lost to everyone else,” Irvin said.