First off, what an amazing win yesterday. This team has a special characteristic that has could only be described as gumption. Truly remarkable. It is something I have never seen from the hawks.
Secondly, I couldn't sleep last night, and really started evaluting the 49ers game this thursday. Not schematically, or looking at match-ups, but looking at the psyche of the teams coming into the game.
IMO, from personally experience there are three types of losses.
1. Positive impact loss. This occurs when bad teams hang with good teams, and barely lose, or when good teams let one slip to bad teams. Good teams, re-evalute re-focus, and usually come out the next week like a house on fire.
2. Neutral impact loss. This occurs when teams lose to teams that are slightly better, or are playing at home. etc. or games that are given away on one or two careless mistakes. Loss, causes no serious re-evaluation.
3. Negative impact loss. This occurs when a team thinks they are vastly superior to a team and get selacked, many times at home. Causes teams to re-evaluation and question how good they really are.
That is where I think the 49ers are. Many times a loss is benefitical for teams, I don't believe that is the case with this loss. The 9ers really wanted this game, and where punished for 4 quarters. The 49ers, will be wounded for the Thursday game, but IMO not the wounded where I am going to go crazy and blow you out, but the wounded where we might doubt ourselves.
On the opposite side, the seahawks won a game against a good team, when they didn'y play there best game.
-gave up 400 yards passing
- only registered 1 sack
- suffered their worst game tackling.
They will come in the thursday game confident and feeling good for themselves. 49ers won't
On the short week, it we be hard to forget the Sunday for both teams. I still think that this will be a heck of a game, it will be phyiscal.
I am not saying that the Seahawks will win, but I don't think we could have asked for a better situation for this game.