It was a roller coaster of events at Levi's Stadium for the final 49ers regular season game vs. the Cardinals.
Several major milestones were reached:
Anquan Boldin had his second consecutive 1,000 yard season with the 49ers.
Frank Gore had his fourth consecutive 1,000 rushing yard season raising his total to eight total seasons hitting that mark and 11,000 total career yards.
After 49 wins in four years, Jim Harbaugh has coached his final game as head coach for the 49ers. The announcement process happened in an odd way. Harbaugh went through his usual press conference, wanting to talk about his time with the 49ers and not his future, assuring everyone that a statement would be forthright. As the media was leaving the conference room, the front office released its statement.
The mood in the locker room and in statements by the players and Harbaugh alike was one of respect, mutual admiration and appreciation.
Chris Culliver: "I [will] definitely miss him. He's a great coach. He's my coach."
Frank Gore: "It meant a lot. (today's win) Especially that this could be my last year and it's his last year. I respect him a whole lot and I wanted to finish it right for him."
Bruce Miller: "So appreciative of everything he has done for me, my teammates, the organization. He's top-notch, class act. We appreciate everything he has done and we love him to death."
Michael Wilhoite: "I am very thankful for him. He gave me the opportunity to play at the highest level."
Joe Staley: "49 wins in four years. This year we dealt with a lot of stuff and it was a down year but three straight NFC Championship games. That is what he should be remembered for.
Dan Skuta: "I really respect everything that [he] did here. Being able to come into a situation like that was awesome for me and I really benefited."
Colin Kaepernick: "I think he's not only a great coach but a great person and that is what he preaches to the team."
With all of this glowing respect and success, it seems absurd to let Harbaugh go with one year still remaining on his contract. Liken it to children being confused when their parents tell them that they are getting a divorce. There is a sense of the tension but no understanding of the what and why. The same exists here: Only GM Trent Baalke, CEO/owner Jed York and Jim Harbaugh will ever really know.