Numbers not adding up for 49ers

The 49ers' second game of the season was similar in a lot of ways to their first game. The biggest difference, of course, was the outcome. While the 49ers were dominated on the stat sheet in the season opener against the Rams, they somehow managed to pull out the victory. But the 49ers were not so lucky Sunday in a 42-3 loss to the Eagles, and the NFL rankings would suggest the Niners shouldn't have a .500 record.

"It was similar, but more mistakes were made (in Philadelphia) than against the Rams," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "From a statistical standpoint, there was some similarity. You have to make plays when you have the opportunity, and we did not make those plays yesterday when we had chances on both sides of the ball. And we did against the Rams."

Despite their 1-1 record, the 49ers are the worst statistical team in the NFL, ranking 31st on offense and 32nd on defense.

Through the first two games, the 49ers have just two rushing first downs, while giving up 17. They've been out-gained, on average, 494 yards to 179.5, and the opposition has averaged 17 minutes, 20 seconds time of possession longer per game.

Nolan said Sunday's loss boiled down to details and trust. The 49ers made too many little mistakes, and often did not follow the letter of their individual assignments. It was the only way they could have remained competitive against a team such as the Eagles.

He said he showed the team the game film and presented it with tangible reasons why the game spiraled out of control.

"You can always talk about a loss on Monday," Nolan said. "But for six days out of the week I'm going to talk about a win. That's what I do to our football team. I don't see this team being last year's team. They've already proven they're not last year's team by winning the first game against the Rams."

ROOKIE QUARTERBACK ALEX SMITH'S NFL debut would have lasted a lot longer if the 49ers' defense had been able to stop the Eagles' second-string offense.

After Philadelphia took possession with 14:09 remaining in the game, Nolan informed Tim Rattay that Smith would finish the game.

However, the Eagles then went on a 14-play, 90-yard drive that lasted 10:26.

When the 49ers got the ball back, only 3:37 was left in the game. Smith's only pass attempt was incomplete. He ran 3 yards on a third-and-7 before Eagles linebacker Mark Simoneau knocked him out of bounds.

LEFT TACKLE JONAS JENNINGS was taken to a local hospital at halftime after sustaining a hit to his throat for precautionary tests. He flew home with the team, but was told not to talk for a day or two. Nolan said Jennings is fine, and he's expected to be back in the starting lineup Sunday against the Cowboys.

RATTAY WILL REMAIN AS the starting quarterback, despite a rough outing against the Eagles. In the first half, Rattay completed just two of nine passing attempts and threw three interceptions. Rattay, who had a career-best passer rating of 141.9 in the season opener against the Rams, had a 0.0 rating at halftime against the Eagles.

FULLBACK FRED BEASLEY DID not see much action in the second half, as the 49ers' large deficit prevented the blocker from being on the field. Backup fullback/tight end Steve Bush saw a lot of action in the backfield in spots usually reserved for Beasley. Nolan said that veteran Chris Hetherington also would start seeing some time at fullback with Beasley.


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