San Francisco 49ers: The 6 Biggest Misconceptions in Recent 49er History

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San Francisco 49ers: The 6 Biggest Misconceptions in Recent 49er History
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Judging by the number of Lombardi Trophies in the trophy case at 4949 Centennial Way in Santa Clara, the San Francisco 49ers rank as one of the most successful teams in NFL history.

It is a testament to the loyalty Bay Area fans have for this team, which was the first professional sports franchise on the West Coast, that the 49ers remain the No. 1 sports team in the region without a winning record in eight years.

The Niners have always been San Francisco. They were innovative, talented and, for the most part, classy. Their storied run from the 1980s to the mid 1990s as the league’s dominant team produced five Super Bowl championship teams.

Now it’s been eight years since the 49ers made the playoffs. They last made it to the Super Bowl in January of 1995, so 16 seasons have not only failed to bring the ultimate prize, but they've never even come close.

In that time, the 49er reputation has, like brass left too long in the sun, tarnished. That’s why it’s time for us to look at the six biggest misconceptions of the 49ers.

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