Originally posted by SnakePlissken:
Unlike last year, the 49ers haven't won back-to-back road games this season; Minnesota/New York, New Orleans/St. Louis, New England/Seattle.
What people don't understand is that the 49ers had to tough out one of the most ROUGHEST closing schedules of any team in the NFL. -Which is why getting the bye after everything we went through has been nothing short of amazing; not to mention the that fact that Colin went through it as a starter 5-2 is pretty impressive within itself.
Seahawks were pampered with back-to-back home games within all of December, probably being the only reason they even went 11-5 in the first place.
Yes, but if you look at the other side of this coin, Seattle also had one of the roughest opening schedules that consisted of a majority of games on the road. It goes both ways.
We ran into a Seattle team that was playing with everything on the line. They could clinch a playoff spot and possibly catch the Niners in the division standings. It didn't help that the Niners had already shot an emotional wad the previous week against New England.
Short and sweet? There's a very fine line between good teams in the NFL. Some are good on some weeks. Some aren't as good. Seattle had that "edge" on us. They took advantage of it. They whuped us in every phase of the game. It wasn't pretty.
Now, if these two face each other again in, say, an NFC Championship matchup at Candlesmistake Park in three weeks? You really think the Niners are going to play as poorly as they did up at Seattle?
I think not.