SANTA CLARA — Just how embarrassing was this loss?
The 49ers played the NFL’s only winless team, the Arizona Cardinals, and still lost by 10. The final score was 28-18. The 49ers have lost three games in a row and their record is 1-4.
The 49ers played at home against a rookie quarterback, Josh Rosen, making his first career road start, and still lost by 10.
The 49ers limited Rosen to just 10 completions out of 25 pass attempts —a 40 percent completion percentage — and still lost by 10.
The 49ers held the Cardinals offense to just 10 first downs the entire game, and still lost by 10.
The 49ers allowed the Cardinals offense to gain just 51 net yards in the second half, and still lost by 10.
The 49ers scored a touchdown on their first drive, and still lost by 10.
The 49ers ran 43 more plays than the Cardinals and outgained them by 227 yards, and still lost by 10.
The 49ers had the ball for 40:12 — more than two thirds of the game — and still lost by 10.
How did the 49ers lose by 10 despite all that? Simple. They committed a whopping five turnovers, and the Cardinals committed zero.
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