The 49ers ‘ magic-carpet ride to the Super Bowl hit some very bumpy roads over this magnificent but challenging win on Sunday night, but the carpet lasted, tattered a little, and the wild ride continues.
The 49ers, with an impressive defensive stand inside the last two minutes, did not win this one as much as they survived it.
The 49ers beat the Seahawks in Seattle, 26-21 under the hottest glare of the NFL season, in a game that meant a lot to them.
Some will say the 49ers were lucky. But it wasn’t luck that tackled Seattle tight end Jacob Hollister 6 inches short of the goal line on the Seahawks’ last play. It was linebacker Dre Greenlaw. Meet the newest 49ers hero.
A classic rocky-esque battle was put up by the Seahawks. That’s not a mark against the 49ers to their credit.
When the 49ers sailed off the field half-time leading 13-0 (yes, the 49ers in this house of horrors held the Seahawks scoreless) the realization dawned on many that, yeah, perhaps these 49ers are a pretty good team.
Holding off the incredible second-half charge of the Seahawks just increased the idea that the 49ers are genuine.
Trot all the skills you can dig up. There is no longer any reason to think that the 49ers are fortunate, fluky, overrated or prime-time pressure unprepared.
The 49ers are not perfect, but they are a handful. Their transformation from doormat to contender has been so quick and unexpected that there still are skeptics. The bandwagon has been relatively slow in loading, but the newly Faithful are pole-vaulting aboard now.
Oh, the doubting and skepticism will persist. The 49ers shoulda killed the Seahawks! The 49ers can live with that. They know that they are who we thought they were: the best team in the NFC, at least.
Have at it for those who want to downplay the victory at the trendy stadium in Seattle. Six days before the biggest — and last— regular-season game of the year, the Seahawks were so desperate that they added two running back to their couches.
Signing Marshawn Lynch last Monday was not a gimmick for the Seahawks of advertising or a moral boost. It was inspiration for one part and desperation for nine parts. Twelve carries with a few flashes of his former grandeur, 34 yards.
The signing of the Lynch proved to be a near-genius stroke. In more than a year, Lynch bustled out for a 5-yard run on his first carry.
This game turned out to be the classic some anticipated, thanks to Seattle’s force of will. The Seahawks hit the second half running on fumes and former glory. Though their record (11-4 going in) was similar to that of the 49ers (12-3), the Seahawks entered the game having outscored opponents by a combined 12 points this season. The 49ers had a positive point margin of 164.
Now the 49ers have returned to Hotel California for a week of R&R, after which the real season will begin, and we’ll see what kind of team this really is. We got a hint Sunday night.
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