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SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on October 10, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
So much for the Eagles being screwed because Michael Vick was hurt.
The San Francisco 49ers blew a great chance at their first win Sunday night at Candlestick, when a comeback effort was intercepted by Trevard Lindley with 36 seconds left in the game and the Eagles held on for a 27-24 win.
If you don't count the turnovers, Alex Smith had one of his occasional "looked like a first-round pick" outings. He threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns.
But you do count the turnovers, and the 49ers had five altogether.
Vernon Davis and Frank Gore made it a game with a fourth quarter touchdown apiece, and the 49ers were driving for the tying-or-maybe-winning score when Lindley intercepted Smith with 36 seconds left.
Now the 49ers have to rely on a Raider game for their first win. The 49ers play the Raiders this Sunday at Candlestick.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who would rather just talk about the Giants for a while.