Shutout loss at home a major setback for 49ers

The focus this morning has been on the future of Brad Childress but you have to imagine Mike Singletary is in every bit as much jeopardy in San Francisco.

Childress’ Minnesota Vikings were blown out at home 31-3 by the Green Bay Packers, one of the better teams in the NFC. The 49ers, meanwhile, were blanked at home 21-0 by the Tampa Bay Buccanees, one team some figured was a mirage in the NFC.

Maybe one of the Yorks is going to step out and talk about rallying to win the NFC West from a 3-7 record, or how the playoffs are still alive. Or maybe they’ll finally accept the fact that their season is shot. It was the first time the Niners had been shutout at Candlestick Park since 1977, pre-dating the Bill Walsh era.

“Obviously, this was a big setback,’’ Singletary said, according to Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News. “We expected to come out here and play well.”

The Buccaneers limited the Niners to 189 yards offense and may have put an end to the Troy Smith era at quarterback, at least for now. Running back Frank Gore couldn’t get going and Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree were limited to one catch each.

“It’s a little hump,’’ Gore said. “We have to go back to the drawing board, go watch the film, try to clean up all the mistakes we did and see what happens.”

A little hump? Maybe they’re still delusional in San Francisco.

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