For as long as most can remember, the San Francisco 49ers have always been a team of destiny, leaving their mark on the NFL with several moments frozen in time. While the teams of recent have not nearly compared to the iconic play of the legendary dynasty teams of the '80s and '90s, coach Jim Harbaugh’s Niners have certainly held their own.
In three straight seasons, they’ve hit double-digit wins and made the playoffs, which is a franchise-best for a new head coach (via the team’s public relations director, Bob Lange). To do that, it has to be a team that makes plays—and the 49ers do, in all three phases.
And as a team that has also really learned to finish games, there have been some thrilling endings.
The performances were really enjoyable for 49ers faithful, especially as many of the all-timers and fan favorites went on to have banner years. On the other hand, a lot of these games were fairly gut-wrenching at times. But it was all part of the experience.
Without the bad, we could not appreciate the good.
Looking back on it all, there were several memorable events when re-evaluating this most recent 16-game campaign. In the following breakdown, we’ll take a closer look at all of our favorite performances, plays and defining moments of the 2013 season.