Dismal return for Garcia

There was no gallant return for Jeff Garcia on Sunday, no leaping back into the starting lineup and restoring order in the 49ers' tumultuous season for the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback. Instead, there was only an afternoon of ignominy waiting for him in Baltimore.

"What can you say about this?" Garcia said after San Francisco's humiliating 44-6 loss to the Ravens. "It's extremely disappointing."

That's putting it mildly. Garcia had the worst game of his NFL career, throwing a career-high four interceptions and compiling a dismal quarterback rating of 18.8 before he was unceremoniously ushered from the lineup in favor of Tim Rattay early in the fourth quarter.

In his first action since suffering a high ankle sprain in an Oct. 26 loss at Arizona, Garcia completed 14 of 29 passes for 112 yards. His first pass was thrown high and went off the hands of Terrell Owens for an interception that led to Baltimore's first touchdown. His last two passes also ended up in the hands of Ravens defenders.

In all, Garcia's four interceptions led to three Baltimore touchdowns and one field goal. Each of those picks was either a poor throw or somewhat off target.

"In so many ways, I felt like I was making the right decision on plays, trying to get the ball into our guys' hands to make plays," Garcia said. "And the next thing you know..."

Garcia stood on the sidelines looking downward after his final pick as Rattay started warming up in front of him. That appeared to be an awkward moment for the two 49ers quarterbacks, who respect each other and get along well.

But it will just be the first of several awkward moments to follow as the Niners - in light of Garcia's terrible performance - decide this week what is the best way for them to move forward at quarterback the rest of the season.

Niners coach Dennis Erickson wasn't making any decisions in that regard Sunday.

"This obviously wasn't his best game and he wasn't on," Erickson said of Garcia. "We'll have to take a look at it."

Garcia rather would forget it.

"Mentally, this is one of those games where I'm going to actually just have to find a way to put it behind me and find a way to grow from it and move forward," Garcia said. "That's all we can really do right now as a team. Emotionally and intensity-wise, we need to find a way to bring it back together."

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