The 49ers head into the final week of the 2011 regular season sitting at 12-3 thanks to a hard fought 19-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The close score was not particularly shocking given the rough and tumble recent history between these two teams. The oddsmakers closed the line at 49ers -2.5 so even they figured money would be coming in on a close game.
Much of the post-game player/coach comments (Harbaugh, Smith) and media write-ups were about how there was a playoff atmosphere in Seattle and it was a game that saw the team step up and take care of business. It was not a perfect performance, but coming off a short week and facing a division rival, it was viewed as the kind of win a playoff team secures.
I'll never complain about getting a win. At the same time, sometimes it is hard to figure how exactly I should "feel" about a game beyond just, "Thank goodness the 49ers won." This is one such game. I'm happy about the win and I'm happy the team is closing in on the number two seed. At the same time, there are concerns about how the team's performance translate into the playoffs, no matter the opponent.
How did you feel following the game? This is not meant in a touch-feely "tell me all about your feelings" sort of way. I walked out of the stadium relieved at getting the victory, but also a little annoyed by the end result. Did people feel the same, different?