"I was telling somebody, this time of year, we're usually talking about how much we're going to play in the final game, maybe a half, maybe a quarter, and we're looking ahead to our first playoff opponent or looking at a week off," said Jeff Saturday, who is heading into free agency.
"This is so different. It feels different, mentally, physically. Usually, we're gearing up for what's next. There's a finality to this last game."
And not just the usual end-of-the- season finality, which usually is accompanied with the cheerful thought of, "Well, we'll come back together next year and get after it."
Not this time.