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They were so close, yet so far.
The 49ers almost completed an impressive comeback to win Superbowl XLVII.
Although they lost, there is little reason to frown for the San Francisco faithful.
The team just might have found the most dangerous quarterback in football in Colin Kaepernick.
The defense is stingy, led by the unstoppable duo of Justin and Aldon Smith. Although their defensive line is the envy of almost every other team, they do need to add more depth to it. When Justin Smith was injured, Aldon Smith was unable to record a sack in all 10 of the quarters he was out.
They need more elite weapons to surround Kaepernick, who is a weapon in his own right.
Their biggest weakness is the kicking game, which has been mediocre at best this season. But when your biggest weakness is kicking, your team is in a pretty good position.
Another threat may be that the 49ers play in a loaded NFC, which is full of elite teams just entering their prime. It will be hard to get to the Super Bowl at a consistent basis when you constantly run into top teams in the playoffs.
However, the 49ers future looks the brightest out of any NFL team. They're young, talented and have a brilliant coach.