After getting so far, Colin Kaepernick finally proved to be human.
Though he had his typical brilliant moments and flashed his dynamic athleticism, ultimately San Francisco couldn't pull out the victory, losing 34-31 Sunday night.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom for the Niners and their fans, as Kaepernick is only 25 years old and coming off his 10th career start. He finished the 2012 campaign with a 5-2 record, while his 2-1 postseason run was quite respectable.
Extrapolate that over a presumably long career, especially with coach Jim Harbaugh only in his second year as an NFL coach, and we foresee the 49ers starting up another dynasty.
Perhaps the pain of losing will humble Kaepernick, sending him into the long offseason with nothing but a burning desire to make it back to the big game, next time winning it all.
We’ve already seen the youngster put together the best playoff rushing performance by a quarterback in the history of the league and prove himself as an above-average passer and bona fide winner since assuming the starting QB position back in Week 11.
If he puts in the offseason work, Kaepernick could achieve even greater results during the regular season and capture a Super Bowl soon enough.
The Niners have a top-notch defense, one of the best coaches in the game, a supporting cast of quality skill-position players and the chemistry needed to make multiple, deep playoff runs.
That was evident by their NFC Championship appearance last year and their trip to the Super Bowl this year, and the team should only get better now that Kaepernick is firmly entrenched as its quarterback.
While it was crushing to lose the Super Bowl, we know the Niners will be back—and Kaepernick has a long, fruitful career in the NFL ahead of him.