Originally posted by NinerBuff:
Think about it this way: if we won that game, we probably would have made the playoffs that year. Then we would probably be still wading in the Singletary quagmire. So, in 20/20 hindsight, it was beneficial so we can have a better franchise now.
Hmm, interesting. It is still not so cut and dry. While Harbaugh IS beyond revered by the entire fanbase and deservedly so, had we made the playoffs (and we were very close in each) in one of those 3 years - '08 (terrible Michael Robinson play at Arizona), '09 (tons of heartbreaking games but we can go with the Favre game), or '10 (Clements fumble at Atlanta) you never know...so often lately the SB winner just snuck into the playoffs and it's been such a crapshoot lately. In fact, since 2005 (Steelers-Seahawks Super Bowl), the '08 Steelers (and even then, the 9 win, non-bye Cardinals probably should have won) and '09 Saints are the only teams to have earned a 1st round bye and gone on to win the Super Bowl. Meaning the past 7 years more than ever has been the epitome of a wide open postseason. Thus perhaps we could have had 1+ SB rings had we snuck in so it is an interesting thought if nothing else