Are we the Niners who played the Giants/Vikings? or the Niners who played the Cardinals/Bills?
I'd venture somewhere in between, like, say, a 6-2 team.
The numbers don't lie, teams pop up great and bounce back hard more often than sustaining a Super Bowl Caliber team year after year.
With that in mind. 6-2 is as much of an accomplishment (If not more) than a 7-1 start last year. Here's why. Last year we came out of nowhere, nobody expected us to be close to .500, we gelled together and put together a great 13-3 season run.
Reality snaps and now we're setting a tone, a model for success, and an offseason for the league to wrap their minds around us and pull us back down to earth.
With targets on our backs, and the league reloaded, we've continued success, the feared snap-back year has been avoided.
The mindset going into this season was, "keep it up" sustain greatness/NFL Elite. Now, I now players/coaches are thinking playoff positioning in route to a Super Bowl.
So, while I love the muddling over the details, don't forget to take a deep breath once in a while and ENJOY watching great NFL team!
With so much suffering during the 49ers Dark Ages, it's still a little sureal to know where back to an NFL Elite team. But for this organization, that's just base camp.
LETS GO NINERS!!!!
[ Edited by stillpans4gold on Nov 2, 2012 at 12:29 PM ]