Programming note: The day ahead

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Justin Smith probably said it best following the San Francisco 49ers' 20-17 overtime loss in the NFC Championship Game.

"Life goes on," said the Pro Bowl defensive end. "It's not the end of the world. It's hard to swallow, but they beat us. They were better than us today and they deserve to go to the Super Bowl. That's just the bottom line. That's how this game shakes out. It's hard to swallow, but what else are you going to do?"

Here is what we're going to do on the NFC West blog:

  • I'll spend Monday at 49ers headquarters. Players will be available for interviews. Coach Jim Harbaugh is expected to hold his usual day-after-game news conference.

  • We'll move into offseason mode quickly, focusing more on the draft, what could happen in free agency, team needs, coaching staffs, etc.

  • I'll head to Indianapolis for Super Bowl week beginning Sunday. Hall of Fame voting is scheduled for one day before the New York Giants and New England Patriots play. I'll present Cortez Kennedy's case as the representative for the Seattle market.

Shorter term, I'll put together the Around the NFC West item, technology willing. I've had some internet connectivity and browser issues at the hotel this morning, but those appear to be resolved.