The visceral shift begins somewhere over the Rockies, as snowy Denver fades and the Bay Area slips into view.
Already the mood swing should be apparent, because on the flight passengers are quick to reveal an abundance of worries about their team’s quarterback. Will he suffer a relapse and start throwing duds?
What if he’s overcome by the pressure and panics? It’s been ages since the franchise sniffed the playoffs, and while this season has been ripe with happy surprises, nobody’s sure if they can really, completely rely on him not to disappoint.
Clearly we are not in the land of Tebow anymore.