Originally posted by Wodwo:
Eh, our schedule was deceptive. We killed teams... when we played them, they'd go on big losing streaks.
You're right about the late game heroics, though. Can't count on that every year, either.
Was still an impressive season.
I think the schedule was weak to begin with. We played the underachievers from the year before, and they pretty much played to form. We were lucky we didn't have to play the Packers down the stretch, and split games with talented but deeply flawed teams in the NFC East. Frankly, we were lucky to beat the Saints in the divisional playoff game...for a few moments Alex channeled some other quarterback (Kurt Warner or Brett Favre) and won the game in a memorable and stellar performance, but the team's string of luck ran out in the NFC title game. Not to take anything away from the team: they got back their confidence and really overachieved...in fact I can't think of any team in years that surprised to the upside so much as they did...but anyone who thinks this coming season will go like last year's will be disappointed. The Niners have too many good players and an excellent coaching staff to be pushovers for any team, but it's very very unlikely they'll approach a 12-3 record.