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(SFGate)   Because the Super Bowl was such a lopsided game, that means the San Francisco 49ers are the second-best team in the league   ( divider line
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2014-02-04 10:54:05 AM  
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FormlessOne: The Gentleman Caller: Broncos fan here. How could you deny that headline at all?

Because reality says otherwise? Sure, the Broncos got a hard second place - let's face it, the 49ers still ended up tied for third with the Patriots. You can argue numbers all you like, but at the end of the day, that's how this year's post-season ended, no matter how you try to polish that turd.

Suck it, Forty-whiners. You didn't make the cut. Stop trying to make it all about you.

Ah, Seachicken fans. Making Philly fans look like angels. Stay classy.
2014-02-04 12:46:37 PM  
1 vote:

IAmRight: Richard Sherman agrees. As does anyone who watched football this year.

Nana's Vibrator: But with that, while the 49ers were technically top 4 due to making the NFC championship game, they're probably closer to 5 or 6 as far as this year went performance and roster-wise.  Still a very good team with another shot at a SB next year.

You're out of your mind.

These are the five best teams in some order (listed in the order I'd have them): Seattle, San Francisco, Carolina, Denver, New Orleans.

Oh, and no, getting to the final in a tournament does not make you the de facto second-best team. Hell, winning the title doesn't make you the best team - it just makes you champions, people.

So getting to the championship game doesn't make you the best or 2nd best, getting to the NFC championship this year doesn't make you 3rd/4th best.  I'm with you.  The way SF performed over the year against the schedule they played (New Orleans and Carolina both had tougher schedules), San Fran is #6 by that measure.  You're making my point.

Again, San Fran is a matchup nightmare for Seattle, that doesn't make them universally the 2nd best team.  And to reiterate, take out Navarro Bowman and we might not even be talking about #6.
2014-02-04 10:59:12 AM  
1 vote:
Also, for the record, I think anyone claiming to be "second best" is just grasping at straws. We had our shot, we got beat. If we would have taken care of our business in the regular season, the tale may have been different. But that's why you play the games.

/hope Bowman recovers well, horrific injury.
2014-02-04 09:40:47 AM  
1 vote:

FormlessOne: Sure it does - that's why Denver went to the Super Bowl, after all. The 49ers didn't even make "second best" within the scope of this discussion. At best, they were "second best" in our division, so I guess they can nurse that until next season.

That doesn't make sense. Denver going to the Super Bowl had nothing at all to do with the 49ers not going. If the playoffs were a tournament without Conference barriers that reseeded each round, maybe Denver going to the SB would make them definitively better than San Francisco, but that is not how the playoffs are structured. An AFC team MUST reach the Super Bowl, even in the extreme scenario in which ever single NFC team is better than every single AFC team.
2014-02-04 09:29:56 AM  
1 vote:
Having seen SF play SEA three times, yes, with the exception of the first game, which was a SEA blowout, SF is a great team ... in 2012-13.  It remains to be seen if they will repeat that, but I think they may slump a bit.  They're about to tie up a whole bunch of money on a QB who, like Flacco, didn't show much, but enough to make people want to keep him from going to another team.  It's that fear of the "oh my god, you let this guy go!" narrative.  The 49ers starters have also played a huge number of snaps the past few years, which could mean two things: a) they don't trust their depth, or b) the starters, especially the vets, may be getting worn down.

Also, Harbaugh.  I just can't stand the guy.
2014-02-04 09:01:25 AM  
1 vote:
They were the second-best team before the Super Bowl too.
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