Thankfully, it’s over. The 49ers are not required to venture onto the road any more this season. The 49ers finished the season with a 1-7 road record, and they were rarely competitive away from Levi’s Stadium. The latest and last defeat of 2015 in a road stadium was a 32-17 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Here are five takeaways from Sunday’s game:

1. Stuck in neutral
The first penalty seemed innocent enough. Careless? Sure. But little did we know at that point that when Ahmad Brooks lined up in the neutral zone, it would begin an epidemic. The 49ers were called for seven -- that’s right seven -- neutral zone infractions or offside penalties. They just never caught on. On the sideline the 49ers were complaining that Lions center Travis Swanson was twisting the ball, prompting the 49ers to jump offside. But, as Jim Tomsula said, there’s no excuse for seven different players getting penalized in the same fashion. And after re-watching each of the penalties, we found no evidence that Swanson was moving the ball. Ahmad Brooks and Aaron Lynch lined up in the neutral zone. Gerald Hodges and Jimmie Ward mistimed blitzes. And Arik Armstead, Tony Jerod-Eddie and Eli Harold merely jumped the snap. It was another case of widespread breakdowns in focus for a team that has been penalized 11 times in back-to-back games.

2. Find the sticks
Another trademark of the 49ers’ season is their ability to complete passes short of the first down on third-down plays. This has been especially evident since Blaine Gabbert took over as quarterback. On Sunday, the 49ers went for it on fourth and 3. But Gabbert found Jarryd Hayne for just a 2-yard pass reception. The designs of those plays are clearly lacking, and offensive coordinator Geep Chryst has not been able to create enough conflicts for opposing defenses. The Lions, like seemingly every team the 49ers have faced this season, were able to dictate that the 49ers throw underneath, leaving them virtually no chances of succeeding on those money downs.

 

3. First-half explosion
Yeah, we used the word explosion to describe a 17-point half. For the last-ranked 49ers’ offense, it certainly seemed like an explosion. The offensive line played well, the running game was clicking with 122 yards on the ground, and Gabbert made the plays in the passing game, completing 12 of his first 15 throws for 154 yards and two TDs. The only bad thing that occurred was pretty bad, however, as Gabbert took a sack and fumbled to give the ball to the Lions at the 1-yard line. DuJuan Harris looked explosive while rushing for a career-high 74 yards just five days after being signed off the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad. Trent Brown’s starting debut at right tackle was OK.

4. Same ol’ 49ers
After playing arguably their best half of football of the season, the 49ers came out in the second half and played an absolute stinker. Remember that run game that accounted for 122 yards in the first half? Well, it disappeared. The 49ers attempted just three running plays. Those plays netted minus-1 yard. After rolling up 265 yards of total offense in the first half, the 49ers managed just 71 after the intermission. The 49ers had four possessions and managed just one first down on each series. The defense was awful, too. The defense made no plays to get off the field, as the Lions dominated time of possession with 14 first downs.

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5. Now what?
So this brings us to the final week of the regular season. Tomsula and his staff have not found a way for the 49ers to play consistent, winning football at any point. It’s debatable whether the team has made strides in any area. The 49ers close out the regular season on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams at Levi’s Stadium. They’ll finish the season with either four or five victories. Some changes are sure to occur, one would think. But what will CEO Jed York prescribe after the season? Does Tomsula, who signed a four-year contract, get a second season? If Tomsula stays, will there be changes made on the offensive side? Those answers should be coming a week from now, as York has promised he will answer questions at the conclusion of the season.