I've long said (for at least a month and a half) that one of the overlooked consequences of the 49ers' overtime loss in the NFC Championship is it stole a little something from the previous game, the 36-32 win over the Saints. Five lead changes. More than 400 yards of offense for both teams. A last-second touchdown pass to Vernon Davis -- it's easily the best game I've covered in nine seasons.
Apparently I'm not alone in that opinion. The 49ers-Saints is one of three games nominated for an ESPY award this year. The others are Missouri at Kansas in college basketball and Game 6 of the Rangers-Cardinals World Series. You can vote here.
If you're teetering on your vote - and I'm guessing you're not -- it might be worth reviewing this often-watched YouTube video (above), to which I tip my hat. Four stars. Now all the game needs is an awesome nickname. Winning entry gets a Bee t-shirt. Has to beat my nominee, "Game of Throws" ...
-- Matt Barrows