After taking down the New England Patriots in convincing fashion at Gillette Stadium in Week 15, the San Francisco 49ers were thought to be the real deal and perhaps the best team in the NFL with the playoffs right around the corner.
A week later, the 49ers fell to the division rival Seattle Seahawks in a blowout while losing wide receiver Mario Manningham for the rest of the season according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter via Twitter:
More brutal injuries: 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham tore his ACL and PCL Sunday night vs. Seattle. Done for season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 25, 2012
Tight end Vernon Davis also suffered a concussion in the loss to the Seahawks that may jeopardize his playing status moving forward as well. Needless to say, San Francisco suffered some major setbacks as a result of the loss to Pete Carroll’s squad as they may also lose out on the NFC West division title in Week 17.
Fortunately for the 49ers, veteran Randy Moss will replace Manningham as the team’s No. 2 receiver behind Michael Crabtree. Although Moss hasn’t had a huge impact on the team this season in terms of numbers, there’s a good chance he’ll be a force to be reckoned with come playoff time with a bigger role in the offense.
Manningham finishes his season with 42 receptions, 449 receiving yards and a touchdown. Although not huge numbers for Manningham this year with San Francisco, his presence will definitely be missed.
As for Moss, the four-time All-Pro has caught 26 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns. The 35-year-old veteran will more than likely see the football come his way much more often from here on out as he may play a pivotal role for the 49ers in the playoffs.