In the words of Tommy Boy: I swear Ive seen some things in my life.. but that was AWESOME. Sorry about your car, that sucks.
As for us, it couldn't have been a better way to end Candlestick. Watching the game at a Buffalo WW and having to sit next to a table full of Seattle fans crowing and clucking every shot of Harb, crap calls and the onside kick, it was a miserable last few minutes. Well, until all that happened.
Now I understand that fans usually tread over the fine line of hyperbole when describing the lasting effects of a game, maybe even to the point of stampede, and maybe this will too.. But I think that the game outcome really could have been disastrous, especially for Bowman and a couple other guys that played poorly.
Selfishly, like every other fan, I wanted Candlestick closed with a win. If it would have been a blowout loss, it would have hurt but at least it was over early and quick. Kind of like the 1st half of the SB. But a loss at the last second, off a blown onsides kick.. that would have stayed with me for a long, long time. Its a loss that can never be made up for later, its the last game there, and it would have been painfully close. Like the last play of the SB.
But I didn't think so much about how players, especially Bowman viewed it. I watched this interview clip of PW and Bowman, he plainly says he was thinking about the botched kick. If the Falcons went on to win, a lot of the blogging blame would end up with him, we all know what the boards would be looking like, right? Buckner, Bartman, Norwood and Ray Finkle. Brock didn't play well either until his incredible break up play and Davis missed a TD catch and at least one other big drop along with being pretty much MIA the whole game. I think that a loss like this really could have set a negative tone for this team right at the beginning of the playoff season.
Enough of the hand wringing negative what ifs. We won, Bowman was able to make up for his fail and Brock was able to make up for his poor game as well. The offense managed to move and score TDs even with Davis out or ineffective, which is huge and something that hasn't happened this year till now.
For me, this game is similar to the emotional boost like what Baltimore got with a huge, improbable, last second win over Denver. Seattle has got to be getting a bit tight, the division is still open no matter how small the chance is.. but our D being confident, to an extreme even, is great, since more than likely the road is going thru Seattle and D is going to need to be great up there.