Here's what else we learned in the regular-season finale:
1. Having won six consecutive games, the 49ers will enter the postseason as the NFL's hottest team and the Seahawks' biggest threat to the Super Bowl. Coinciding with Michael Crabtree's return, Colin Kaepernick has produced a passer rating over 108.0 in five of his last six games. This is a different offense than the one that was held under 200 yards in consecutive losses to the Panthers and Saints in early November.
3. Rivaling teammate Patrick Willis and the Panthers' Luke Kuechly as the league's premier inside linebacker, NaVorro Bowman recorded a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and an interception six days after his pick six clinched a victory over the plucky Falcons.
4. The Cardinals missed out on joining the 1985 Broncos and the Matt Cassel-led 2008 Patriots as the only teams kept out of the playoffs with an 11-5 record. Regardless, Bruce Arians' debut in the desert was an unqualified success.
5. Carson Palmer's resurgence in November and December means Arizona can concentrate on upgrading the offensive line rather than searching for a veteran upgrade at quarterback. It would still behoove Arians and general manager Steve Keim to search for a future signal-caller in the second or third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.