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SANTA CLARA – There were no comforting words for the fan base from 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Wednesday.
The 49ers have been outscored 86-53 in the second halves of their first eight games.
The 49ers' offense has not scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter this season.
The only time the 49ers have gotten into the end zone in the fourth quarter came when rookie cornerback Dontae Johnson intercepted a pass and returned it for a score.
The 49ers own the 19th-ranked offense in the NFL in total yards. They certainly are not taking any pressure off their defense, which has handled its business and ranks No. 2 in the league.
“No, can’t put our finger on it,” Kaepernick said on Wednesday. “We just have to go out and execute better.”
In what areas do the 49ers need to play better?
“All areas,” he said.
Kaepernick has thrown for 1,956 yards and rushed for 274 yards through eight games. He can become the first 49ers quarterback to throw for 4,000 and rush for 500 in a single season.
Kaepernick (2013) and Hall of Famer Steve Young (1992) are the only players in team history with 3,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing in the same season.
But Kaepernick has also been part of the reason for some of the 49ers’ issues.
On Sunday against St. Louis, a better pass to Michael Crabtree could have resulted in the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute.
On the next play, he threw a pass out of the back of the end zone when it appeared running back Frank Gore had good position in front of a defender near the same pylon for a possible touchdown catch.
Then, he mishandled the snap from center Marcus Martin and was ruled to have fumbled before reaching the goal line on a quarterback sneak.
“You watch the whole game,” Kaepernick said. “You watch it to make sure you correct what was wrong.”
When the Green Bay Packers got off to a 1-2 start, quarterback Aaron Rodgers used his position to calm the fears of his team’s fans.
“Five letters here just for everybody out there in Packer-land: R-E-L-A-X," Rodgers said. "Relax. We're going to be OK."
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The 49ers give the appearance of a team that is not relaxing. They seem to be pressing with a 4-4 record, knowing they can afford no more than two losses to reach the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season under coach Jim Harbaugh.
“That’s what you strive for," Harbaugh said, "to play loose and focused, both at the same time.”
Harbaugh gathered his team on Tuesday for a meeting to set the tone for the week. When asked what Harbaugh's message was to the team, Kaepernick answered, “That we have to win.”