I was listening to the 49ers Flagship Radio Station KNBR after the game today, and if I didn't know better, I'd have thought the 49ers lost by 50 points.
Instead, the 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks 40-21 and are still in the hunt the the NFC West title and a playoff spot.
That's good, right?
Well, yes and no.
You see, if the 49ers somehow manage to capture the division crown, there will be two possible outcomes. From each of those outcomes, there will be at least two more and it really starts getting convoluted at that point.
What it really boils down to is that if they had lost, even the most ardent, positive thinking supporters would have been put out of their misery. The pessimists and realists could, without any disclaimers, go into full "Wait until next year" mode discussing head coaches, quarterbacks, and every other position on the roster that could use an upgrade.
Best of all, they can all say, "I told you so."
After beating the Seahawks, that discussion might have to wait two more weeks because the 49ers could lose to the San Diego Chargers next week and still not be eliminated.
And San Francisco Giants fans thought THEY were being tortured!
No, the 49ers are still in it, and the worst fears can still be realized.
They could win the division. Yikes!
They could win a playoff game. Oh, the horrors.
They could win another playoff game. Hey, this is fun!
They could win the NFC championship! Is Jed the new Eddie?
They could WIN THE SUPER BOWL! Hallelujah We're 6-0!
I can see it now, Jed York and Mike Singletary hoisting the Lombardi high over their heads on a cable car in the victory parade!
I've ruined it, haven't I?