Moss' first opportunity came during the 2007 season with the New England Patriots, as the Pats went undefeated during the regular season and won their first two playoff games only to be upset by the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
With his skills diminishing and his 35-year-old body beginning to show signs of aging, 2013 is the future Hall of Famer's last chance at winning a Super Bowl, even though head coach Jim Harbaugh has said he wants Moss back next season, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch:
Jim Harbaugh says he wants Randy Moss back with #49ers next season. Hopes Moss feels same way.— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) January 18, 2013
If San Francisco does wind up losing Super Bowl XLVII, the chances of Moss getting back to the Super Bowl are pretty slim.
Other historically great players—Jason Taylor immediately comes to mind—will be the first to tell Moss it's not easy getting to the big game, and to expect the Niners to make back-to-back Super Bowl appearances is a lot to ask.
Aside from that, Moss hasn't been too productive for the 49ers this season.
He had just 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season, all career-lows for seasons in which the former star WR has played in all 16 games.
Obviously this all hinges on the outcome of Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, but I don't see Moss returning to San Francisco.
In an article written by Branch for the Chronicle, Branch cites that Moss isn't saying whether he'll return after this season, which isn't exactly promising news for the 49ers or Moss.
If Moss doesn't return to the Niners but does decide to give it another go in 2013, he'd have to hope that a playoff contender like the Seattle Seahawks or another team would be looking for an aging WR on his way out of the game.
Staying in San Francisco—in my mind—would be Moss' best chance at winning it all next season if the 49ers come up short on Feb. 3, but we'll have to wait and see how this plays out.
All in all, given the astonishing season Colin Kaepernick is having and the staunch defense the 49ers have, 2013 is probably the last legitimate chance Randy Moss has at winning the Lombardi Trophy.
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