Originally posted by bpg4980:
Not saying a team can't ever
Agreed. It's not all about how mentally crushing a SB loss is vs any other playoff loss - but again it doesn't help. And history clearly shows that for whatever reason, teams RARELY go back the next year. Especially the losing team. It's not likely we'll stay as healthy as we did - between Manningham, Hunter, Haralson, and Kyle none of them were starters. It's always really hard to win it all, and it's never going to be easier than it would have been this year.
Packers 1997 and 1998; Broncos 1998 and 1999; Patriots 2004 and 2005. Plus, teams with an elite QB make it back multiple times over five to seven year periods: Steelers '06, '09, '11; Patriots '02, '04, '05, '08, '12; a couple for the Colts under Manning, a couple for the Giants under Manning.
I think Kaepernick is going to be an elite QB in the NFL, a QB that they build their offense around. And, I think they're going to have a good defense for years. There's no reason why the Niners can't be a team that makes multiple Super Bowl appearances over the next 8 or 9 years.