Originally posted by joshuatree:
My biggest fear isn't our age but the Seahawks. Except for Ravens/Steelers, when is the last time two main contenders shared the same division?
Only 6 Divisions - Conference Finals
1999: Titans vs Jags
1992: Bills vs Dolphins
1989: 49ers vs Rams
1986: Redskins vs Giants
1983: Seahawks vs Raiders
1982: Redskins vs Cowboys (Strike Season)
1980: Eages vs Cowboys & Raiders vs Chargers
Most of these were 1-year flukes, not sustained title contending rivalries. As the Packers playoff game this year illustrates, very thin line between making a run at the Super Bowl and losing on the road in the Wild Card game. I'm sure the 1998 Packers shared this sentiment after appearing in 2-straight Super Bowls.
Having to battle for 16 games each season to avoid losing the division will wear on our players. More injuries. Fans seem to forget that in 2012, we needed a Packers Week 17 lose to the Vikings in OT to have a Bye in the playoffs. We are so confident in ourselves we forget it won't take much to slip up against a Packers, Panthers or Saints in the NFC Playoffs on the road, in the years to come.
They will be a pain in the ass for sure, but the primary concern should be our own team and what they do to stay contenders. As long as the 49ers continue to make good moves, we'll be fine. It's a very talented team with quality coaching.
I guarantee you as much as we hate having the Seahawks in our division, they feel the exact same way about us. They know it won't ever be easy. Nothing is guaranteed. This isn't a situation like how the Patriots are assured a division crown year after year because their division is garbage.
Like you said, there is a very fine line between winning and losing in the playoffs. Being good guarantees you nothing. You just want to make the playoffs every year and give yourself multiple cracks at it.