"The main thing," 49er tackle Steve Wallace said after Sunday's defeat, "is we've got to start thinking: Just win next week. What can happen is you start looking ahead and wanting to save your best game for Dallas. We can't afford to save anything. We have to do everything possible now just to make the playoffs."
It's not that desperate yet. But if Young keeps getting roughed up, and if the special teams continue to be disappointing, the 49ers could find out what it feels like to be a wild-card team. Or worse.