In what is fast becoming a staple of the 2019 San Francisco 49ers, yet another game went down to the last seconds. Thankfully however, this week it went the direction of the 49ers, who locked in the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
Let’s make an agreement right now, no more close games for the San Francisco 49ers this season. I can’t take it anymore.
Close games in football are part and parcel, I understand that. I promise I understand that.
But five games in a row, where every game was integral in shaping the Niners’ push for the No. 1 seed? That’s just slow and methodical torture.
Happily, however, San Francisco persevered through the gauntlet of potential No. 1 seeds in the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks to emerge with the top seed in the NFC with a 13-3 regular-season record.
Certainly, no team can claim to be through the wars and yet come out so successful in the playoffs this season.
The 13-3 record is also good for the second best record in the NFL, behind the 14-2 Baltimore Ravens.
It’s a far cry from the 4-12 team from last season, which was the worst team in the NFL not named the Arizona Cardinals, who swept the 49ers that year, too.
With such a nail-biting finale to the regular season by beating the Seahawks to wrap up the year’s slate of games, here are the five consequences of that victory which extend into the postseason and hopeful Super Bowl run.