The dream’s over – to Seattle goes the spoils.
It always seemed inevitable that the 49ers’ quest to reach a second consecutive Super Bowl would go through Seattle.
To Colin Kaepernick, in the end, the temperature was just that: a number.
When Phil Dawson nailed a 40-yard field goal as time expired to secure a 23-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, he accomplished two things: he clinched a hard-fought road win over a divisional opponent and booked the 49ers a trip to Green Bay to meet a familiar “friend.”
Love it, hate it, traverse the labyrinth that it is, and you’ll learn to (kind of) love it.
For Bay Area types, it’s an awful, terrible, let-us-never-mention-its-name type of a dungeon, but there’s still a strange, gripping, nostalgic place that tugs at the heart.
It’s the ‘Stick. We hate it, but it’s beautiful.
Give this much to the mercurial and oft-middling Warriors: they’ve got a flair for the dramatic.
For only the second time this season, someone’s got it better than Seattle.
For those 49ers fans who were inching toward the proverbial ledge after consecutive white-knuckle defeats to Carolina and New Orleans, relax, step back, everything is going to be OK.
The Big Game happened, but oddly the game with the biggest Stanford-related implications didn’t even take place in the Bay Area.
Dirty play or terrible call? It’s a point of contention in different regions.