Three-quarters of the way through the NFC championship matchup and it looked like the 49ers would again be headed back to the Super Bowl. But Seattle scored 10 unanswered points, punctuated by a Richard Sherman postgame tirade aimed directly at Michael Crabtree, and here we all are in the New York-New Jersey area preparing for a Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl.
That includes San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who not only remains unimpressed with Sherman's remarks but will be a huge Denver fan this week.
"Go Peyton," Kaepernick told Bart Hubboch of the New York Post on Thursday from Manhattan before sharing his thoughts on Sherman's now-infamous rant.
"I think everyone knows his comments were ridiculous," Kaepernick continued. "As my dad has always told me, if you have to tell people how good you are, then how good are you really? If you have to go on national TV and try to say you're the best cornerback in the league, then you've got your own insecurities."
Kaepernick also said he thinks Peyton Manning and the Broncos' offense will have chances to score points against the Seahawks' top-rated defense, particularly when Seattle is in its nickel package.
"I think there are a lot of opportunities in the inside zones that [the Broncos will] have a chance to exploit, and when [the Seahawks] get their nickel defense out there, they'll have some good matchups," he said. "They have the receivers to match up really well with [Seattle's] defensive backs, and they'll have opportunities to make some big plays.
"From what I've seen of Denver, the depth they have at receiver and the playmakers they have on offense are better than some of the defensive players in [the Seahawks'] nickel defense."
Of course, Kaepernick threw two fourth-quarter interceptions against the Seahawks (including one in the final seconds), which had everything to do with the outcome. Still, he says he'll be just as aggressive in their next matchup.
"I don't care who's out there," Kaepernick said. "I had Crabtree one-on-one with half of the field to himself, and I'm going to take that every single time. [Sherman] made a good play on that ball, but if I throw it a foot farther, it's a touchdown and now you're the goat, Richard Sherman.
"It's a game of inches," Kaepernick added. "The inches were in [Sherman's] favor in that case, but this game will humble you very quickly."