SEATTLE -- It was a dark and stormy night. Was it ever. In just one evening, over four quarters of ugly football, the whole season changed for the 49ers.
We won't know completely how much it changed for another week or so, when we see exactly how the playoff brackets are set. But the 42-13 loss to the Seahawks here Sunday evening puts the 49ers in a whole different geographic location moving ahead.
Go to a football map. Find the continent of hurt. That's where they are now situated. Literally and figuratively.
And as the evening progressed, those ramifications kept ramifying into worse and worse scenarios.
It wasn't just that the loss dropped the 49ers from the second seed in the NFC down to the third seed - which, if form holds, would eliminate a bye week for them and force a first-round rematch against the Seahawks at Candlestick Park.
No, it was far more than that.
It was the way that the embarrassment unfolded, with the Seahawks outplaying the 49ers in all 73 phases of the game, or however many phases there are.