49ers head coach may have just lost to the team he might be coaching in 2014 after losing to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
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Usually teams that hire a head coach that leads them to 3 straight NFC Championship games and a Superbowl would have every wish and whim granted by the franchise ownership, but that hasn’t been the case with the San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh. With a 7-6 record the 49ers are not necessarily out of playoff contention, though that will likely change with one more loss or wins by teams outside of the 49ers schedule, but after losing two straight – first at home to the hated rival Seahawks and then to the 1-11 Oakland Raiders – the 49ers are for all intents and purposes done this year.
Two games behind the current wildcard contenders (9-4 Seahawks, 9-4 Detroit Lions, 9-4 Dallas Cowboys) the only chance the 49ers have is if all of those teams lose most of their games, and considering how well they are all playing, it’s mostly wishful thinking. The only question once the 49ers are officially eliminated from playoff contention for the first time under Jim Harbaugh is this: Will Harbaugh return to the team in 2015?
Here are the five biggest losers from Week 14 of the NFL season:
San Francisco 49ers – If Jim Harbaugh moves on from the 49ers, the new coaching staff may decide to move on from QB Colin Kaepernick. In the last two games he has 1 TD, 4 INTs, 295 passing yards, less than 55% completion – not to mention only 43 yards on the ground.
Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs are bottoming out at the worst possible time: An inexcusable loss to Oakland, a meek showing at home to the Broncos and now this close loss to struggling Arizona. They get a shot at redemption against the Raiders, but it may not be enough.
Miami Dolphins – Miami’s division title hopes are nearly gone now after that loss to Denver, and their playoff hopes could very well die next week against the Patriots. Losing S Louis Delmas certainly didn’t do their chances any favors.
New Orleans Saints – Gone are the days where the Superdome was the safe-haven for the Saints in their worst times. Now the Saints have lost four straight. The mere fact that one win against the Falcons puts them in the driver’s seat for the NFC South division title is a travesty.
Cleveland Browns –