Trying to get out of Minnesota . . .

Here’s a little more on the 49ers’ failings on third downs . . .

 

 

First quarter

Third-and-22: Shaun Hill pass completed to Josh Morgan for 1 yard.

Third-and-1: Hill pass incomplete to Isaac Bruce.

Third-and-1: Glen Coffee run for minus-1 yard.

Third-and-5: Hill pass incomplete to Coffee.

 

Second quarter

Third-and-12: Hill pass complete to Vernon Davis for 11 yards.

(Note: 49ers converted fourth-down play with 25-yard pass to Morgan.)

Third-and-9: Hill pass incomplete to Bruce.

 

Third quarter

Third-and-2: Coffee run for 0 yards

Third-and-8: Hill pass complete to Davis for 4 yards

Third-and-15: Hill pass complete to Michael Robinson for 8 yards.

 

Fourth quarter

Third-and-17: Hill pass complete to Davis for 8 yards

Third-and-6: Coffee run for 2 yards.

 

The 49ers were 0-for-11 on third downs. The average yards-to-go on third downs was a shade under 9 yards. Hill completed 5 of 8 passes for 32 yards on third downs.

 

Listen to 49ers center Eric Heitmann address that issue on my postgame podcast.

 

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Re-live the agony with a replay of my in-game blog and chat.

 

From the pages of today’s Press Democrat . . . Singletary speaks volumes after Favre lifts Vikings to victory . . . and “Coffee not pleased with performance.”

 

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Running back Frank Gore’s right ankle strain will be evaluated today. The club will seriously consider promoting rookie running back Kory Sheets from the practice squad, as Gore is likely to miss a couple games. Without the benefit of any medical information, the 49ers’ wisest move might be to rest him Sunday against the Rams and again Oct. 11 against the Falcons. Then, the 49ers have a bye week, and return with an Oct. 25 game at Houston.

 

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Hey, Minneapolis is a pleasant place and all, but I’m not a fan of hanging out in airports. And around this place, you have to be careful about choosing the correct men’s room.

 

Anyway, my flight back from Minneapolis this morning is delayed at least an hour. I’m still planning to be in Santa Clara for Mike Singletary’s 12:15 p.m. press conference. This evening, I’ll be speaking to the 49ers Goal Rushers, the booster club in Stockton. Hope to see some of you there.

 

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