The San Francisco 49ers came this close to winning the Super Bowl a couple of months ago. After mounting a furious second half comeback, they fell just one play short of making history. This is something that I’m sure is eating at everyone involved in the organization, from the top, all the way to the bottom. It was the biggest game for the franchise in 18 years, but they’ll again have to wait until next year to try and climb the mountain top.
However, when you consider how far the team has come under head coach Jim Harbaugh in the last two years, it’s still pretty remarkable that they’re now a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
Harbaugh reportedly took the SB loss very hard, but he’s already back at it, working diligently for the upcoming draft. In addition, the front office folks have been busy as well.
Just in the past week, the team has signed quarterback Colt McCoy to be the new backup, and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to bolster their secondary. These additions, combined with the trade for Anquan Boldin, have the Niners sitting in better position than they were a year ago at this time.
Fans have to be feeling very good about the steps the franchise has taken to better itself. At the same time, you’d have to think Colin Kaepernick is only going to get better after an entire offseason to prepare as the team’s starter.
All of these factors will propel the 49ers back into the playoffs again next season, and I see no reason to think they won’t be right there competing for another Super Bowl. This team has gotten a slight taste of success, but you know that’s not enough for Harbaugh and his players.
San Francisco is no doubt on a mission to get to Metlife Stadium next February, which has been made very apparent by their activity over the last several weeks.
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