On Monday Night Football, the San Francisco 49ers (11-4) said goodbye to Candlestick Park in storybook fashion, epitomizing what this stadium was with one last dramatic finish.
It could not have been written better.
But aside from the nostalgia of what took place, the 49ers made a lot of things happen that were relevant to the season in front of them. For one, San Francisco officially clinched playoff berth once again, making Jim Harbaugh the first coach in the team’s history to do that in his first three seasons, via 49ers PR Director Bob Lange.
It also put San Francisco in the driver’s seat for Week 17, making it a contender to take the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
The pressure is now on the Seattle Seahawks, because if they lose and the 49ers win, they'll swap their postseason positions. Moreover, the Niners are also beginning to look like the strongest team in the conference again, currently holding the NFL's longest winning streak.
There does not seem to be a team they can't get past.
All the pieces are coming together on offense, defense and special teams at just the right time, which could launch this team to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance. Right now, they're firmly back in the chatter of league favorites. What can't they do?
With this latest win, let's take a look at some of the key takeaways as the 49ers prepare for their last game of the 2013 regular season.