The 49ers' fifth home loss of the season came in a building they won't mistake as their own, even if the performance was all too familiar.
The Buffalo Bills' 34-24 win over the 49ers at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. was the first of (at least) two "home" games the 49ers will play in the Arizona Cardinals' home stadium. Santa Clara County barred contact sports through Dec. 21 last month in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, and the county joined five others in the Bay Area, as well as the city of Berkeley, in opting into California's shelter-in-place order that remains in effect until at least Jan. 4.
The 49ers' last scheduled home game is Jan. 3 against the Seattle Seahawks, but it might not especially matter where that game is played. No matter which stadium the 49ers have called "home" this season, they've struggled. The 49ers are 1-5 as the home team at Levi's Stadium and State Farm Stadium, with nothing resembling homefield advantage.
That's something the Bills' Twitter account was all too eager to remind the 49ers of Monday night.
The 49ers were dominant at home a season ago, losing just twice at Levi's Stadium in the regular season en route to clinching the NFC's top seed. They won both playoff games by a combined score of 64-30 to lock up a spot in Super Bowl LIV. With fans barred from attending games at Levi's Stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic this season, the 49ers have won just once as the home team during the 2020 season.
Of course, State Farm Stadium hasn't been very kind to the 49ers whether or not they're technically the visitors. After Monday's loss, the 49ers fell to 6-9 at the venue. Last year's road win over the Cardinals snapped the 49ers' five-game losing streak in Arizona, and it's conceivable the Niners end the 2020 season with another multi-game losing streak in the building.
The 49ers will "host" the Washington Football Team in Glendale next week and "visit" the Cardinals in Week 16. If the 49ers lose those games, stay in Arizona in Week 17 and lose to the Seahawks, they'll have a four-game losing streak at the stadium just over a year after ending a five-game skid.
If there's a statistic more befitting of this pandemic-distorted season, I've yet to find one.