49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman looked somewhat bemused as he started to watch a GIF of his coach, Jim Harbaugh, reacting to a failed fourth-quarter challenge on a reporter's phone.
Until we reached the high point. Then Bowman got geeked up.
It was a huge moment, the outcome very much in doubt. But the reaction was overwrought even by Harbaughian standards, the dramatic bend forward to slap the ground, his fist balled as he let out a primal scream and finally the theatric turn to unleash a torrent of words so vile I cannot even begin to imagine.
"That's Harbaugh," Bowman said excitedly. "He's the head coach and, however the head coach is, that is the kind of team attitude-wise that you are going to have. That is definitely the coach we want to have."
That was the coach they had to have Sunday, trailing by 17 points in the NFC Championship Game and looking awful doing so. This kind of moment requires a big set of lower guts, a lack of panic, an ability to harness fear and turn it...