Originally posted by ChazBoner:
not even 2 weeks later, I'm already over this SB loss. The giants loss hurt until about 3 weeks after the superbowl for a grand total of 5 weeks of hurt.
Agree. It's strange to say, because I'd never expect a Championship loss to sting more than a Super Bowl loss, but it was the way the Niners lost to the Giants and the magic that surrounded that 2011 team that made it harder to swallow.
This 2012 team was inconsistent from the get-go (see W-W-L) so you never knew how they'd fair in the playoffs or if they'd even make it as far as they did last year.
2011's team was rock solid and a steady performer, even if the offense was much less competent. They played sounder, cleaner football in 2011 and with the magic of Harbaugh, an unprecedented defense, and a will to win, you just had a feeling the 2011 team had that "it" factor that would take them all the way.
2012's team was a roller coaster. Inconsistent, sloppier play, a QB change midseason (even though it made the team far better, so don't turn this into a QB debate--I love Kaep and he's far far better), and a defense that withered into almost nothing late in the season. At their best, the 2012 team was indeed superior to the 2011 squad. But at their worst, they were much worse. We only saw them at their best a handful of times (Bears game, Patriots first half, maybe the Green Bay game). So with this team, I never felt truly "confident" in winning at any point during the postseason. Each game was a crap shoot.
And that is why the 2011 game stung more for me. 2012 was much more of a disappointment than it was hurt.