In his first season as an NFL head coach, Harbaugh led the 49ers to a surprising 13-3 regular-season record. After an impressive victory over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC divisional playoffs, the 49ers looked primed to return to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.
But their mission was cut short a week later in the NFC Championship Game by the surging New York Giants. While the loss to the Giants was painful, it is not the kind of loss that haunts a franchise forever.
The 49ers will not spiral out of control like the Minnesota Vikings did after their loss to the Saints in the NFC Championship Game two years ago. Since then, the Vikings' problems have gone from bad to worse. Brett Favre's fatal interception has led the team from one bummer to the next.
Luckily for 49er fans, Harbaugh is a better head coach than Brad Childress. Childress was unable to move the Vikings past their painful playoff loss.
Harbaugh, a great motivator, will see it as a challenge. The 49ers will learn from their loss to the Giants, and one has to believe that Harbaugh will use it as motivation for next season.
Here is why the 49ers, with Harbaugh leading the way, are on the verge of becoming a dynasty.