As I’ve written here a few times, since the NFL expanded its season to 16 games in 1978, only one team has gone undefeated, and only six others have done as well as 15-1.
So yeah, the odds were really against the Seahawks going 15-1 this year, even if it was right there in their reach.
Now the task is to not let a loss linger.
And that was the theme of Pete Carroll’s press conference Monday, to learn from the lessons of the defeat, which I recapped in this story here. The rest of the season will tell whether this is a defeat that is merely a blip on the radar, or something more.
In other news this morning. …
— 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said this morning his team would have scored a TD if the Seahawks had let them:
Tuesday w/ Harbaugh topics: #49ers woulda scored TD if Seattle let 'em; Kap "doesn't need to be Jay Leno"; Xmas lights best put up by wife.
— Brian Murphy (@knbrmurph) December 10, 2013
— Seahawks.com puts its focus on Malcolm Smith, who now has to fill in for K.J. Wright;
— SI.com’s Jim Trotter says a humbling loss could be just what the Seahawks need;
— ESPN’s Terry Blount wonders if there should be concerns over Seattle’s run defense;
— Seahawks still ranked No. 1 in the NFL by ProFootballTalk;
— Some good insight here into the 49ers game with some grades from the San Jose Mercury News;
— New Orleans coach Sean Payton said he learned some things from Seattle’s crowd;
— Batkid was at the game Sunday;
— ESPNNewYork says the Seahawks’ visit should motivate the Giants;
— Giants WR Victor Cruz says that in an odd way, beating the Seahawks would make the season more disappointing for the Giants;
— Jason Pierre-Paul should play this week for the Giants;
— Giants.com says there is still a lot to play for;
— Lots of Giants links here;
— NFL.com wonders if that was the best weekend of football ever.