So much for the perfect record…
The Niners lost their first Super Bowl in six visits. A gritty contest where they came back from a 22-point deficit against the Ravens but just fell short. I guess it was bound to happen, but why did they have to save their worst play for the biggest game of the season?
Like I told RAS last night, I’m not devastated that San Francisco lost, not like I would’ve been twenty or more years ago. I have different priorities now – transitioning from a steady-paying job to a freelance career, a marriage, two kids to raise. Plus I’m just older. So I can shrug off the loss on the outside. It doesn’t mean I don’t hurt on the inside. At least I showed my kids that a fan can lose with some grace and not disintegrate into a puddle of depression.
Still, the whole season was epic, exciting in every sense of the word. It took a friend to remind me that the Niners are a second-half team. And the proved that claim to the letter last night. They just couldn’t get it all together, at a time when they should have.
But I’m proud of my football team. It’s been a long time since they’ve been contenders. And they may not reach the heights of the Montana-Rice-Young days. But they are back…and I’m can’t wait for them to go for it again next year.