Following the NFL's first tie since the 2008 season, the San Francisco 49ers' players and coaches aren't sure how to respond to the hard-fought contest that ended in a 24-24 stalemate.
"I don't know exactly how it feels yet," head coach Jim Harbaugh told CSN Bay Area. "I don't know quite how to feel right now. I've asked several people, some of our players. And I think they feel like I do. Don't know quite how to feel right now. But the way I feel is that it was a good football game. A hard-fought football game, and we came out even."
With the tie, the 49ers maintained a one-game advantage over the Seattle Seahawks after Seattle defeated the New York Jets, 28-7, at Century Link Field on Sunday. San Francisco comes away from the tie with a 6-2-1 record and maintains its first-place standing in the NFC West.
St. Louis moved to 3-5-1 with the tie, good for last in the division. The closely contested game required the 49ers to mount a comeback after falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, but they were able to come back and make the game close behind the strong play of backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who relieved Alex Smith after the starter suffered a concussion early in the game.
Given those circumstances, the 49ers more than likely came away from the tie at home feeling like they lost due to the injury to their top signal-caller.