The San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1) finished the 2012-13 NFL regular season on a high note this past weekend. After a slow start in Week 17, the Niners went on to steamroll their division rival in the Arizona Cardinals.
Jim Harbaugh's Niners finished with two less wins than in his 2011 debut, but it's all the same. Once more, the 49ers are NFC West division champions and will have a first-round bye in the postseason. At this rate, San Francisco looks like it'll be annual title contenders.
49ers will open playoffs Saturday, Jan. 12, at 5 p.m. (PT) at Candlestick.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) December 31, 2012
And even though the team is in great shape now, it is always trying to improve. As one of its many mottos goes, "If you're not getting better, you're getting worse."
Following the playoffs, however it ends, the Niners will approach the 2013 offseason with the same enthusiasm they have in years past. There are a lot of options available to San Francisco this year, and with its astute front office, it is in a position to emerge as big winners.
Continue through the following slides for a blueprint to the 49ers' upcoming offseason.