No Niner fan wanted the season to end like this. No true 49er fan wanted to see this amazing season, this storybook, Rocky part seven of a season, come to an end at the hands of a bonehead play and a bad call.
But I am not going to make you relive the horror. Even I haven’t been able to watch ESPN since Sunday, so I am not going to shove the misery down your throat either.
Instead, I am going to take the attitude of my team. I am going to acknowledge the defeat. I am going to feel the disappointment, but I am not going to point fingers or make excuses.
I am going to note the achievements and prepare for a future that “looks so bright, we gotta wear shades.”
Last year the 49ers went 6-10. Last year no one would have thought the 49ers would go 14-4 and fight all the way into overtime in the NFC Championship Game.
The 49ers surpassed every expectation. They went far beyond the predictions set by all the “experts” laid out in the preseason.
No one thought that this 49ers team, with a rookie head coach, no training camp and a shortened offseason had any chance to compete.
But they did.
And the fact that the 49ers were able to accomplish so much this year despite those conditions and expectations speaks volumes for the state of this organization and what the future holds.
The truth is, the San Francisco 49ers are back. They are back to their winning ways. They are back to their standards of excellence. They are back to competing.
There is no doubt in my mind the 49ers will return next year with an even greater resolve and confidence. They will be back with a chip on their shoulder and the drive of a team that has unfinished business to take care of.
No one wanted to see this season end like this, but no one thought they would even have a season like this to see.
As always, I am proud to be a 49er fan, but now I can look forward to the next season and the seasons to follow with high expectations. For that, I am grateful.
To the 49ers: Thank you for a tremendous season.
This article was originally published in the Benicia Herald.
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