The 2010 San Francisco 49ers football season has been a crazy roller coaster ride that has had a lot more ups than downs. The team has dealt with a variety of injuries and incompetency that has led to an incredibly disappointing 5-9 record. And yet, the 49ers will not die. Much like Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th movie franchise, the 49ers can appear to be killed numerous times and dropped in the bottom of Camp Crystal Lake (or Lake Merced in the 49ers case) and yet they won't go away.
In the case of Jason, he's been slashed with a machete, taken an axe to the head, burned, and drowned among other things. The 49ers were destroyed by Seattle but then appeared to bounce back with a strong showing against New Orleans. They were then decimated by Kansas City and bounced back with a pair of tight losses to Atlanta and Philadelphia. They lost a brutal one to the Carolina Panthers but showed up in London (much like Jason taking Manhattan) and took down the fairly awful Denver Broncos. They followed that up with a win over St. Louis before getting shutout at Tampa Bay. They've alternated wins and losses and much like Jason are back and forth between apparently dead and then alive. They've been buried so many times it's became second nature.
And now we would appear to be entering the climax of the dramedy that has been the 2010 49ers season. Yesterday's results put the 49ers in a fairly decent position to somehow win the NFC West. They don't have total control because they need the Seahawks to lose at least one of their two remaining games. In the meantime the 49ers head out to St. Louis the day after Christmas looking to take the next step in their own little Christmas miracle (gotta love mixing Christmas miracles and Jason Voorhees).
The Rams have been inconsistent at home to say the least. They've beat Seattle, Washington, San Diego, and Carolina. On the other hand they've lost to Arizona, Atlanta, and Kansas City. The Rams have opened as a 1 point favorite, which goes to show how tight this battle could be. I suppose one team could end up winning big, but I think much like the close nature of the NFC West, this will be another close battle.
At this point, the Rams have the opportunity to officially end the 2010 San Francisco 49ers. Consider it the equivalent of Jason's mom getting her heard cut off in the first Friday the 13th movie. A loss to the Rams would officially end the 49ers 2010 playoff chase while a win keeps the 49ers alive for one more week. The 49ers monster just will not die for good. Considering how 2010 has gone, it really is like a horror movie.
If I had to pick the most fitting way for the 49ers to be eliminated from playoff contention, it would be a win this Sunday combined with a Seahawks loss followed by a loss to Arizona next week. We'll see if it even matters after this Sunday, but consider that the ultimate kick in the junk to close out this season.