The San Francisco 49ers hosted the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football to open their 2016-17 season. The 49ers dominated the Rams, 28-0. This was a surprising result to say the least. Going into the game the Rams were three-point road favorites. Considering the home team generally gets three points simply for playing at home, in effect the Rams were considered six points better than the 49ers. Additionally, of the 108 Week 1 NFL picks made by NFL experts tracked by nflpickwatch.com only 41 chose the 49ers to win. It was quite the upset.
But how did they win? As has become and will remain a familiar sight, Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national them prior to the start of the game.
If Kaepernick’s actions and rhetoric “disrupted the organization” and “tore at the fabric of the team”, has caused strife and disrupted team unity and is a distraction because he “has no respect for our country” and is a “traitor”, shouldn’t the 49ers have lost? Kaepernick did not play outside three handoffs to the running back at the very end of the game, but if he has been such a distraction and disruption to the team, shouldn’t the 49ers have lost? As demonstrated by the Las Vegas odds and the expert picks, objective and subjective reasoning led to vast majority of people to think the 49ers would lose. Yes, it is football and anybody can win on any given Sunday (Monday/Tuesday), but not a supposedly bad 49ers team with a traitorous backup quarterback causing such strife.
The 49ers won because it is football and any team can win any given game. Plus, none of those things mentioned above about Kaepernick’s deleterious affects on the team are true.