SANTA CLARA --
It's tough to tell if it was the rain or the 49ers' play on the field that was keeping fans from attending the game Sunday.
Several fans said it's tough being a 49ers fan these days.
The change from Colin Kaepernick to Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, plus trading away tight end Vernon Davis has kept the hope from the 49ers faithful at a minimum.
"We'll see what happens," one fan said.
"I want a winning team, and I know what we had just two, three, four years ago. But I still got to love them, and I'm still gonna support them," another fan said.
But support apparently comes in different ways. Levi's Stadium holds 68,000 for 49ers fans, and there were quite a few empty seats well after Sunday's game had kicked off.
All of it has left the 49ers faithful in a deep funk, and it appears, from a team standpoint, it may be a little while before they can pull out of it -- something two-time Super Bowl Champion Dwight Clark says is part of NFL football.
"There's always ebbs and flows in this crazy world of football. You know, there's going to be some bad days, and there's going to be some good days. The 49ers will find a way to work through it and get back on the winning side," Clark said.
And they were able to at least that much Sunday, with the win, the Niners are 3-6, but still with a lot of questions to be answered.