Bill Simmons on the 2014 wildcard NFL playoffs - Grantland
Jared Sperli stashed this in 49ers
Why You Eventually Regretted Going Against The Niners: You went against a red-hot contender, one of the NFL's most talented teams AND a potentially explosive offense that's finally healthy again. You went against a team that would have gotten the no. 1 seed if Ahmad Brooks's hit on Brees had been called correctly. You went against Kaepernick against the one team he owns (Green Bay) and the one defensive coordinator he owns (Dom Capers). You backed Mike McCarthy over Jim Harbaugh. Again: You backed Mike McCarthy over Jim Harbaugh. You got seduced by Green Bay's season-saving comeback win while conveniently forgetting that Green Bay never should have gotten itself into that fourth-and-8 mess, and that it took John Kuhn's incredible block, Chicago's abysmal secondary and the best play of Aaron Rodgers's career just to propel the Pack to Week 18. And you screwed up the "Nobody Believes In Us" factor. If anything, nobody believed in the Niners — giving just three points against THAT Packers team? That line was a gift from the gambling gods: a superior playoff team giving a field goal to a deeply flawed playoff team … and you blew it. But hey, there's always next weekend.
Repeat: One bad call turned us from the #1 seed to the #5 seed.
So wrong. So wrong.