SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Sure, after that long cross-country flight, a tired coach Jim Tomsula could still point to some improvements in yet another disappointing defeat.
His San Francisco 49ers were in it until the very end this time on the heels of three lopsided losses. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick found a groove in the second half and succeeded several times throwing into traffic to go without an interception, while Anquan Boldin went over 100 yards receiving and Carlos Hyde nearly ran for 100 in a balanced offensive attack.
"I can't say like my old self, but I thought the team played well," Kaepernick said afterward. "Offensively I thought we came out, we got a rhythm, we had players make big plays for us."