It's never easy losing a game, especially a championship game. In the wake of defeat, there are right things to say and wrong things to say. Right now, Frank Gore is saying all the wrong things.
The Niners were down 21-6 at halftime but stormed back with 25 second-half points. The final score was a 34-31 loss for the 49ers.
Frank Gore was a huge part of the game—particularly in the second half—rushing for 110 yards and a touchdown.
While taking the high road in defeat is always the better path, Gore is taking the noisier path of trying to rationalize the loss.
In a recent report by ESPN, Gore was quoted as saying:
It's tough, I just feel like we [were] the better team. They got away with one today. We showed we were the better team. It was just a couple plays here, a couple plays there.
Whether the Niners were, or were not, the better team, Gore has no case.
The only way to test who is better is to play the game, which these two teams did. And in this instance, the Ravens came out on top.
So until the Ravens lose a game to the 49ers, they remain the better of the two teams. It's as simple as that.
It's understandable to see where Gore is coming from, especially in a game as close as this. But pay respect where respect is due, which in this case is your opponent.
The only thing Gore is doing here is seeming like a sore loser.
What he needs to do is keep these thoughts to himself and not let his disappointment get the better of him. There's some merit in being gracious in defeat, something the rest of his team was able to do.
This would almost be understandable if it were the middle of the season. After a big loss, you have to see quotes like this to build up moral toward the next matchup.
But this isn't the middle of the season. The season is over. Gore and his Niners lost in the Super Bowl, and now it's time to move on.
From now on, if Gore wants to prove his team is the best in the NFL, there's only one thing to do: Go out and win the games.