If there is a worse way to end a deep playoff run, I do not know what it is. The San Francisco 49ers not only lost another heartbreaker on an unsuccessful pass to the end zone, but they also lost to bitter rival, the Seattle Seahawks, in the NFC Championship Game, after overcoming a couple of blatantly blown calls and horrific injuries to two Pro-Bowlers — and perhaps the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Now, the officials cannot be blamed for this game. Yes, they made some rough calls, but the 49ers caught some breaks too. In the end, Colin Kaepernick, for all of his incredible plays earlier, did not come through. He may have cost himself a few million dollars Sunday night, and 49er fans should be assured that he will come back with a fire and intensity “unknown to mankind.” Of course, that is little solace at the moment. With Navarro Bowman likely having torn his ACL and Mike Iupati appearing to have sustained a broken ankle, this 49ers team literally received insult to injury at the end of this game.
This post, however, will not fall to the immature level of a certain Seahawks cornerback. 49er fans, the season may be over. It may have ended in the worst way possible. Keep your heads held high, however, for someday, all this pain will make the joy of victory that much sweeter. This was our third straight NFC Championship Game, after all. They call us “49er Faithful” for a reason, and I, for one,Th am proud to wear that label.