Finishing a yard short of some noteworthy NFL history will be a permanent bruise on the Seattle sports psyche. But it can be salved a bit by winning the Super Bowl next year. No big deal, right?
Fixing the San Francisco 49ers, meanwhile, will take a bit longer. The dear people in the Bay Area who love the 49ers have their own trauma: Palace intrigue that continues to peck at the eyeballs of a stricken franchise.