The foreign feeling of Sunday’s 24-24 tie vs. the Rams still lingers at 49ers headquarters on Monday. San Francisco took part in its first draw in more than 26 years, changing the entire NFC West playoff picture in the process. Peter King of Sports Illustrated sifted through the confusion and wrote that the 49ers-Rams tie stood out among the weekend’s full slate of games.
“Each team had another chance, but there was no more drama,” King wrote. “When the clock got to :00, (Danny) Amendola — and he wasn’t the only one — didn’t know the rule that the game was over. (Shades of Donovan McNabb, 2008, Cincinnati.) ‘I thought we were going to keep playing,”” he said.
The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate rounds up the best headlines from a bizarre afternoon at Candlestick and looks ahead to what’s next for Alex Smith.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com passed along the mixed emotions of the 49ers after the rare draw.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com did his best to share all of the crazy storylines from Sunday’s game.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee noted that the 49ers locker room was somber after the 24-24 tie.
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group shared the reactions of players who didn’t realize NFL games could end in ties.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle recounted the wild drama of Sunday’s contest.
Mark Purdy of the Bay Area News Group discussed the big role Colin Kaepernick played in Sunday’s outcome.
Maiocco brokedown the possible playoff implications of Sunday’s rare result.
Sando offered insight into the complex nature of the NFC West standings through 10 weeks of play.
Inman discussed the steps Smith needs to take before being cleared for next week’s Monday night matchup vs. Chicago.
Maiocco wrote about the play that knocked Smith out of the game with a concussion.
Gwen Knapp of Sports on Earth detailed what Smith’s injury means to the 49ers.
Maiocco broke down the individual playing time for the 49ers vs. St. Louis.
Sando passed along the full interview between Randy Moss and hip hop artist Lil Wayne.
Sam Good of TDDaily spoke to right tackle Anthony Davis about his strong 2012 campaign, social media and more.
49ers.com’s game coverage included a game recap, a notebook that focused on Kaepernick’s contributions, Aldon Smith’s Gameday cover story, Cover 2 presented by AAA and press conferences from Jim Harbaugh and Kaepernick.
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