And they lost big.
But for a team that always expects to win and is after the Vince Lombardi Trophy and nothing else, the only kind of losses are disappointing ones.
Journeying up to the treacherous CenturyLink Field to take on the familiar Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship, they had the tools to get it done, but they just couldn't execute. At the end of the day, it was the 49ers team with growing pains that showed up, not the one that revolutionized the way NFL coaches look at offense.
On top of being a team that just wasn't ready yet, it was self-inflicted wounds that would largely contribute to this loss.
More often than not, the 49ers' fiercest competitor is themselves. With that being said, we're going to take a hard look at the team's last game of the season and reflect on where it's at going forward. Here are the postgame takeaways from San Francisco's NFC title loss.