This is post number 1,600 for JTsBiggestFan.
Originally posted by bret:
This is off-topic, but the 87 team was the most over-rated of the Walsh era. They opened the season losing to a so-so Pittsburgh team, then should have lost to a bad Bengals team only to have the Bengals inexplicably turn the ball over with seconds to go giving Montana one last play. That play - a walk-off TD pass to Jerry Rice as the clock expired - was the result. They should have been 0-2 headed to the home opener against the Eagles. (The Eagles too were better than their 7-8 record, but they had an 0-3 replacement squad). But with the strike, the game was cancelled. Then DeBartolo's replacement team (by general consensus, the best replacement squad in the league) came in and went 3-0. The rest of the way the only quality teams they played besides the Saints (they spilt) were the Bears and Browns, and both those games were at home. The Vikings came into the post-season with an 8-7 record, but the strike team had gone 0-3, so maybe the Vikings were better than people were giving them credit for. The Niners looked like they were gelling, finishing the regular season with 3 straight blow-outs, but they were all at home and two were against the pitiful Rams and Falcons. The most impressive was their 41-0 beat-down of the division winning Bears, but the Bears were crossing the country for their second road game in a row following their own emotional road win against those same Vikings. Think of how the Niners played in Seattle last year after the big win in New England, and you get the picture.
Don't get me wrong, the Niners were a good squad - typical of the Bill Walsh era. But they were set up for the fall, and a fall is what they took.
Great analysis, just missed this.
Another thing you could have added is that it's not unusual for a #1 seed to go 1 and done (Broncos 2012, Packers 2011, Giants 2008, Colts 2005 off the top of my head).
It takes a lot of things to go right in order to win a championship. With arguably the best team in football the last two years, we didn't win the super bowl.
When I look forward to this season, what gives me hope is the upside of this team is higher than ever in the Harbaugh era even if we have some injury issues, and maybe potential Kaepernick struggles this season.