NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals rise, Broncos fall in Week 15

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Dec 13, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) walks off the field during the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns defeated the 49ers 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports


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You know your football team is struggling when you concede 481 total yards to the Cleveland Browns. Yes that’s 481 yards. And the Browns. The San Francisco 49ers are all packed up and ready for their offseason vacation, and maybe their aim is the first overall pick. It certainly looked that way on Sunday.

Here’s some numbers for you: San Francisco finished 2-of-13 on third down. Ugh. They had the ball for 15 fewer minutes than Cleveland; that’s the length of an entire quarter. The 49ers were held to 194 passing yards and 71 rushing yards. It was truly a rough performance.

The 49ers have come a long way since dismantling the Vikings in Week 1, and that’s not a good thing. What’s next for this team? That’s a good question. There are a lot of issues they must solve in the offseason.

But in reality, a season like this was to be expected. After losing Pro Bowler after Pro Bowler in the offseason via either free agency or due to early retirement, as well as parting ways with Jim Harbaugh, a season as bad as this was to be expected. How will they respond? That’s the next challenge.

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