During and after the Steelers game, I was right in there with everybody else complaining about the referee's calls, which completely stunted the flow of the game and affected the 49ers ability to get the ball in the end zone. It's hard enough to go into Pittsburgh straight up. Have one hand tied behind your back at different times in the game and it's damn near impossible to have a chance to win.
With that in mind, I was reading about Mike Nolan's press conference yesterday and he made an excellent point about officiating and winning:
In the aftermath of the game there is plenty of fire and anger when things don't go your way. What I like about this site is that we have been able to express that anger and annoyance with certain situations, but still see the big picture. This is a team that needs to improve in certain areas if they want to join the Steelers of the world as Super Bowl contenders.
Normally I'd have a little more to look back on this past weekend, but considering the upcoming matchup, I think it's important to start looking ahead. The Seattle Seahawks come to town in a showdown for first place (pdf file). It's only week 4, but the winner of this game gets some early momentum in the race to win the West. The 49ers need to move past the anger from last week and rally around the proverbial flag. With The Disease in remission Niners Nation favorite, Delanie Walker will certainly see a lot more playing time. After a phenomenal preseason, maybe he can be the guy to help this offense make some more plays while Davis is out. No matter what, I hope to see the 49ers come out focused and ready to take care of their business. One of their goals should be an undefeated home schedule. This team is good enough to do that, and this Sunday provides the first real test to that goal.