"This is right up there," Bill Walsh was saying afterward as he stood deep in the heart of a 49ers locker room brimming with the aura, confidence and expectations that he was largely responsible for bringing to the team - and city - two decades ago. "Just when we had to have it, we got it. Wow! This is that same exact feeling. All of it."
You had to see it to believe it. And even if you saw it, you wouldn't have believed it. This one will take a while to sink in, even by San Francisco's high standards for exhilaration and outrageous drama.
Go ahead and pinch yourself....
Read the rest of Craig Massei's column along with in-depth coverage of the 49ers' dramatic 39-38 comeback playoff victory over the New York Giants in this week's issue of SF Illustrated