I've never taken a 49er loss harder than this one, and I've been a diehard fan whose earliest memories coincide with the '93 NFCC loss vs Dallas, so I remember plenty of playoff letdowns throughout the 90s. What hurts me the most about the loss is that, although I was ecstatic with the winning year and enjoying it immensely, I never truly believed we had something special going until VD caught the TD vs. the Saints. Then, especially with the NFC at home vs the NYG, I felt very confident that we were going to the SB.
I've just been in a general funk and foul mood for the past two weeks. I really felt like we had a chance, and I was so excited in the run up to the kickoff. As the game goes on, it becomes apparent that our simple formula for success is beginning to work as we take the lead heading into the 4th quarter. The D is playing lights out. The fans are going nuts, the D has all the momentum, everything is on our side. Then moronic KW commits the most egregious PR error in history, completely changing the complexion of the game. I don't want to hear ever again about 1-13, the fact is that KW's unconscionable muff took a giant, steaming s**t upon the our winning formula--which was gonna send us to the SB. A couple of missed opportunities on O, then KW fumbles AGAIN ending the game and season.
The worst part of the whole thing is that the Giants were not the better team. Both D's played lights out, but ours was better. Only one player cost us the game, and we all know who he is. I have never seen a team less deserving of SB berth than the Giants, and we've gotten 2 weeks of ESPN slurping NY and Eli. Yeah, Eli hung tough vs. the rush, but he also threw 2 sure INTs that our D unfortunately broke up. Yet now he's about to be the greatest QB ever. And I can't stand the s**t-talking Giants, who only reached the SB due to the errors of one player who tried to play hero and layer and egg. I hope they get rocked in the SB.
I know that I'll eventually get over it, but I just feel irritated and annoyed; I was in such a great mood prior the game, during the playoff run and now I just can't get the loss out of my head. The ongoing media coverage doesn't help, and I know I'll be happy once its over. But, this was our year. We had everything aline in our favor. KW squandered a great opportunity and a great story. With an improving division and conference, plus the way everything went our way all year, I don't feel that confident that we'll be in a similar position a year from now.