Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Niners president Jed York punctuated Mike Singletary's hiring by declaring that the team would no longer be sitting home come playoff time.
Singletary punctuated a Week 3 defeat at Minnesota by saying the 49ers would see the Vikings in the playoffs.
More recently, Singletary said he had "no doubt" about his team's status as a playoff team this season.
Four consecutive defeats and a 3-5 record suggest the 49ers are fooling themselves.
They have changed quarterbacks and flashed signs of improvement, but they've also forgotten how to win games. Talking about the playoffs will not deliver them there. Winning games will.
The season is slipping away for the 49ers. Alex Smith tossed three interceptions against the Titans, which should stifle talk about any need for offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye to open up the offense. The Titans' Chris Johnson topped 100 yards rushing against a proud 49ers defense. Vince Young also played efficiently, averaging 9.1 yards per attempt. Those are bad signs for San Francisco.
It's desperation time for the 49ers and Bears when they meet at Candlestick Park on Thursday night. The Bears have the better quarterback. They were humiliated Sunday, which could strengthen their resolve on a short week.
This division is the Cardinals' to lose.