This was the not only the greatest 49er game I have seen, just simply the greatest NFL Playoff game I ever seen. Even Boomer Esiason agrees.
Friday night I am hanging out with my buddies shooting the Brees. (lol)
My friend shows up and we start talking and he shows me his phone. The 'StubHub' app and tickets to the 49er game for $140 are lit up on the screen. I told him, I wasn't I sure I could go because I didn't have the money. But he convinced me and I used to winnings from fantasy football to get me there. After tailgating with my best friend and his dad, who have had season tickets for 30 years, he said that there are two season ticket holders who sit next to them that never show up. So we took a chance that they wouldn't show and they didn't.
It was a phenomenal game.
The crowd was into it. Full of twists and turns.
I thought they should have called a naked bootleg on 3rd and 7 when Alex was driving with 4 minutes left. Alex came out in the shotgun so I was curious what they would call. Turned out this was the playcall of the game. New Orleans blitzed the right side and Alex took off sprinting down the left sideline with Joe Staley leading the way. As he sprinted into the endzone and his teammates hugged him, I jumped up and down, screamed, and celebrated.
Straight up euphoria. What a moment.
But when Brees hit Jimmy Graham on that 66 Yarder with 1:37 left. It was the polar opposite feeling. The entire stadium had been let down. The one New Orleans fan that was near us left after that play, thinking the game was the Saints to win. I looked at my friends dad, he sat down in his seat, looking as depressed as I have ever seen him. I felt like the hearts had been ripped out of everyone at that moment.
But when Alex Smith lead the 49ers down the field with a 1:37 to go, without using a timeout, and hit Vernon Davis for the winning touchdown. It was literally one of the most incredible experiences and feelings I have ever been a part of. There was just something magical about that moment. A moment that just doesn't come around very often. You can kind of relate that to Alex Smith, how many guys would have stuck around here after how the fans, coaches and front office has treated him? As Harbaugh put it, he's a man with "Rare and Extinct Qualities".
When I tell my friends a common phrase I would say is .. "I can't even describe how it was being there"... and it's true. Seeing the highlights on TV just doesn't give the game justice.
This was an incredible game and I got to be there by random chance, in a seat I wasn't supposed to be, in a game no one thought the 49ers would be in.
[ Edited by Garcia on Jan 15, 2012 at 7:30 PM ]