There's no arguing that one of the areas the 49er offense must improve upon is getting touchdowns inside the Red Zone instead of settling for field goals. According to this (MMaiocco) article and this (EBranch) article, the 49ers were ranked 11th best (percentage wise) at scoring TDs in the RZ. From Branch's article:
"The 49ers have graduated from awful (30th in 2011) to below average (21st in 2012) to OK (11th in 2013) in scoring touchdowns in the red zone since Harbaugh arrived.
On Wednesday (5/28/14), though, quarterback Colin Kaepernick said the 49ers' performance near the goal line last year – they scored touchdowns on 31 of 55 red-zone trips (56.4 percent) — still left plenty to be desired. Harbaugh estimated they've spent 35 to 40 percent of their time in the red zone this week during OTAs, slightly more than last year."
According to this chart, they were 15th percentage wise (53.03%). My guess is this chart includes the playoffs, not sure.
I wanted to get a better understanding for what the point of failures were when they had to settle for FGs inside the red zone. It will be a slow developing thread since there are a lot of plays to look at. I'll cut these up in chronological order, hoping not to miss any set of downs. The goal is to understand why the 49ers seemed to struggle and what areas, in specific, they can improve at to score more TDs and less short FGs. Shown are the set of downs leading up to a turnover or FG.
This is not a feel good thread so get ready to see things you won't like. To see red zone successes, this touchdown thread will show the times they scored a touchdown.