Would the following players be less/more likely to retire now than if we had won? Seau Bruschi Harrison (and whomever else I'm leaving off the list) How does this loss affect Mcdaniel's? Does he get the boot for taking the greatest offense in history and creating a gameplan that got beat all game long? Or was the O-Line collapse not his fault and does BB still have complete confidence in him? Will Moss be more or less willing to take the discount to stay? Does he still see this as the place to win a championship? Does this affect Stallworth? He was pretty much a non factor during the playoffs and the later half of the season. I don't think it affects him one bit since I thought he'd be cut this offseason as soon as the deal was signed. Does this negate any chance of Samuel staying? He didn't play like a 10 million corner in the playoffs. He didn't even play like an 8 million one. Do we approach free agency any differently? I've got to believe that if we had won easily, there'd be no big free agent splashes; unless the players wanted to come here at deep discounts. Now, do we have to address the o-line? improve our pass rush? Do the players come back with the same intensity next year? Its got to be a huge letdown and I'm guessing they're completely drained mentally. Hopefully they come back hungry; but I could also see some players come back a bit dejected. And last but not least: Is this the beginning of the end? After we beat the Rams in 2001, they pretty much collapsed; Warner went from one of the best, to one of the best backups. I don't think it is; but at the same time, I think winning would've helped out (the younger generation of players would have the 'super bowl champ' swagger to teach the next few years).