Originally posted by SanFranAddic:
Detroit, New York, and Baltimore all had playoff-like hype, pressure and quality opponents to overcome, so that should help ease the nerves a bit for the playoff noobs.
I think that's a great point. I'd also suggest that the second Seattle game had a strong playoff vibe.
It's also worth considering the degree to which the team has bought into Harbaugh's leadership. The team seems to be incredibly thick skinned and single minded when it comes to adversity and pressure. External inputs don't seem to phase them in the least. They only seem to be interested in their opponent, themselves, and the Coach. Sure, there's no substitute for playoff experience, but compared to other teams, this Niners team seems to be very resistant to the game's wider environment.