This past season brought a championship or bust mentality for the San Francisco 49ers, but those championship aspirations were dashed when the 49ers lost in heartbreaking fashion in the NFC Championship game to the Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers looked poised to make a return trip to the Super Bowl and came into the NFC title game with the longest winning streak in the NFL, but Seattle sustained a rally in the second-half that could not be stopped which eliminated San Francisco from postseason play.
San Francisco’s season must be classified as a failure because the team failed to achieve the goal of getting back to the biggest stage in the game. A team that was on the doorstep of a Super Bowl berth now faces a long offseason riddled with thought of what could have been and possible shakeups that will affect the core of this championship contender.
The 49ers only lost five games all season all to playoff teams, but the team did take a step backwards this season. The 49ers also face an aging issue that affects some of the key cogs in the offense after another year goes by that the team did not reach its full potential. It is not time to break up the core of this championship contender, but winning will not be any easier for this team in the future.
There are not many positives to take out of a season where the 49ers lost to the team’s most hated rival and lost their defensive anchor in the process. Only time will tell if the 49ers can reach this peak again, but it will surely be a long journey to get back to the top of the mountain.
Greg Douglas is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.