Michele Larios and her husband, Joe, had made a bet 26 years ago when the 49ers and New York Giants met in the NFC divisional playoffs.
It was over a 12-pack of beer.
Though she was convinced Joe would never speak to her again, Michele said she made the bet anyway — and lost.
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The couple, who also married 26 years ago, made another wager over Sunday’s NFC Championship Game — and this time they even were able to watch the outcome live.
But the results were much the same for Michele.
As a result of the 49ers’ 20-17 loss to the Giants in overtime at rain-soaked Candlestick Park, Michele will have to wear a New York jersey on the plane ride back to their home in Dallas.
“That’s going to be the toughest,” she said. “It was a good game, but I’m still sad.”
Joe, however, was anything but disappointed. He watched in triumph as his team kicked the winning field goal, screaming “Go Giants” all the way, for a trip to the Super Bowl.
“It could take us 14 hours to get home on Southwest, but it will be a great 14 hours,” he said.
A few rows behind the Larioses, Roberto Cordon couldn’t bear to watch the final seconds of the game.
“I don’t want to look,” Cordon said. “I didn’t expect them to go this far. But it was a great season. There’s always next year.”
Roni Diaz, who is friends with the Larioses, had a harder time drawing positives. She needed five minutes to pout after the Niners lost. Diaz stood in the stands after the game with rain pouring onto her poncho, devastated by the reality that the 49ers would not be going to the Super Bowl for the first time 17 years.
“I had zero expectation this season,” she said. “But I’m still not happy at all.”
Diaz said she and the Larioses had agreed that if the 49ers went to the NFC Championship, they would be there to watch. The women invited their husbands because Joe Larios is a Giants fan and Diaz’s husband, Ricky, wanted to join them.
Michele Larios made it known to Joe just how unhappy she was about the game.
“I’m not going to Indianapolis,” she said.