Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Based on the past performance of losing teams in the Super Bowl, the Niners will have a rough 2013. I will stick with the pattern of history, even though it always seems ridiculous that a team in the Super Bowl struggles the next year:
1. Seahawks 12-4
2. Niners 9-7
3. St. Louis 8-8
4. Arizona 5-11
I'm looking at Seattle's schedule - away. It's as brutal if not more so than ours. They had some big wins at home last year because their toughest opponents played in Seattle. Not this year.
Arizona, San Francisco, St. Louis, Atlanta, Carolina, Houston, Indianapolis, N.Y. Giants
Arizona, San Francisco, St. Louis, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Minnesota
Even if we split with them, I can't see the Seahawks winning in Atlanta, Houston, New York and San Fran. New Orleans will be improved and Minnesota won't be a walk in the park. No way do they take the division simply because the 49ers will have a better record. Our home-away opponents are MUCH easier to digest than theirs. Hawks will improve but remember, you can make a very strong argument that they also over-performed last year and are due for a letdown.