Here comes Seattle. If the 49ers beat them, they’ll be alive for a playoff berth and we’ll have a week and a half to gloat. If they beat us, we’ll have ten months of agony and upheaval staring us in the face.
THIS IS A MUST WIN GAME!
At least in Thursday night’s game, when our offense stumblebums around in its hair-pulling fashion, we can blame the Seahawks defense instead of our own ineptitude. Perhaps this will provide some solace as we sit through yet another in a year long series of nail-biters.
I know one Thanksgiving prayer we fans will all be chanting if the game comes down to the last moments and the 49ers have the ball deep in Seattle territory with Richard Sherman single covering Michael Crabtree: “No! No! Don’t do it, Colin! Look for Boldin, Vernon, anybody else! Please!”
Neither of these teams has a very good offense. They both go only as far as their defenses allow them. In fact, the entire NFC West is offense-deficient, defense-proficient. No offense in the league wants to play anybody in the NFCW. Those teams can win, but god does it hurt, and it’s a lot of work. Teams would rather get out scored by the Packers or Patriots, than knocked silly in an NFCW 17-16 survival war.
If the Niners do lose this game, they’ll sink to the #3 team in the division. Meaning that since Jim Harbaugh unceremoniously and [in]famously benched Alex Smith in 2012 to promote Colin Kaepernick because Kap gave the team “a better chance to win,” the team has gone from #1 in 2012, to #2 in 2013, to #3 this year. God help them if Alex had stayed as the starting QB, they’d probably be #4 by now. Which is where this team seems more likely headed than back up to #1.
Or they could win this game, Kap could finally hit the fade to the corner of the end zone, and doomsday would be averted — for ten more days.
Fun stuff, this fan hysteria thing.