My Dad always stressed to me in life, school, and football he would rather me prepare hard and get mediocre results rather than succeed to the inability of my peers and/or surroundings. I can remember plenty of games where we won due to an error via our opponent but he would treat it as a loss in his book and practice would be hell the next week. His vision was that he can take a mediocre team and work out their short comings before the playoffs, rather than overachieve all season and get a one and done result in the playoffs.
I think if you look at the landscape of the NFL and the teams who are consistently successful in the post season (Patriots, 49ers, Ravens, Giants). These teams deal with adversity nearly every year but somehow always rise to the top (or near it anyways). Since the 2000's less than 25% of the time the team with the best regular season record has won the Super Bowl. A lot of times as fans we see a team win a game they should have loss and we say "Oh they should really be such and such record". I know us as Niner fans have done that with the Seahawks a lot this season.
Some say you are what your record says you are, but history proves other wise. So here is my final super bowl prediction (I hope to hear yours as well);
San Diego 17
[ Edited by 24plus25er on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:44 AM ]