The odds seemed unlikely. The Cardinals were down at halftime 21-6. Arizona stormed back and won 35-31. What a shock.
And the bigger development here, aside from the obvious that the 49ers are now the No. 1 seed and won’t have to leave Santa Clara, is that the 49ersget to rest up. Christian McCaffrey didn’t return to the Commanders’ game thanks to a calf injury.
Now, McCaffrey gets two weeks of rest. Arik Armstead has missed multiple weeks. He can take off another two. And players like Nick Bosa and Javon Hargrave can also get off their feet.
We all remember how rejuvenated the defense looked at the beginning of the season and post bye. Maybe it’s not fair to expect the same, but they’ve been incredible when they’re fresh.
And it’s not just the stars that get a chance to get healthy. Aaron Banks didn’t play today. Neither did Jauan Jennings or Aaron Banks. The entire team gets to press the reset button.