Just wanted to jump in and say that although we've had some tough bumps in the road this season, we shouldn't feel like we have no chance to win in the playoffs.
This team is definitely good enough to get into the playoffs. Clearly we're not among the top 5 teams in the league right now, and obviously, we have offensive issues right now, and it's pretty likely that we're only going to get into the playoffs as a wild card. We're almost certainly going to have to play on the road against a Detroit or a Philadelphia... and even then, we'd have to play Seattle or New Orleans IN their home stadiums. Chances are, the December 23rd Falcons game will be the last game ever in Candlestick.
We've seen teams the last couple years have so-so regular seasons, and then all of a sudden, peak at the right times. It felt like every year, the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers would do that. The Ravens weren't who I thought would be the AFC Champs at any time last season, yet they peaked at the right time. For us, given how many guys we've had injured, and the character of our team, I think we can be those guys this year.
So for the next 7 weeks, as fans, we should really watch closely to see if Kaepernick and the offense can improve, and whether the defense and special teams can maintain their high level of play. I'm watching to see how much Michael Crabtree improves us when we come back. From there, we'll have a better sense of what we can do, because quite frankly... the four losses we've had this season are NOT what the 49ers are all about.
So chin up, guys! We'll get better because our #1 WR is coming back and our young QB keeps getting more experience. When the playoffs come, we all know that it's an entirely new ballgame.