"I thought this was going to be the game," said Niner linebacker Matt Millen. "My honest feeling was Washington was the best team in the playoffs. From here, it's going to be easy."
O.K., he was joking. But seriously, who in the solar system thinks San Francisco can be beaten now? After a mandatory appearance in the NFC Championship Game against the Giants this Sunday, the Tampa trip looks like it'll be six days at Busch Gardens and one day dusting off the old Vince Lombardi trophy acceptance speech. Craig and Lott and Sherrard are back, after nursing various knee and ankle ailments. The defense gets all bent out of shape anytime anybody tries to park in their red zone. (We were inside their 20 four times in the second half and got zip!) And Montana, who completed 12 of his first 15 passes and finished up 22 of 31 for 274 yards, looks like he's been putting Retin-A on his arm.
Our defensive coordinator, Richie Petitbon, said it best about Montana: "We shoulda kidnapped the s.o.b."