By Brandon Nelson and Zach Tierney
After last Sunday’s 23-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship game, the San Francisco 49ers’ season has come close to a Super Bowl victory but fallen short three years in a row.
In 2013 the 49ers lost the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens 34-31.
The previous year, San Francisco lost to the New York Giants 20-17 in what was to be the first of three years of playoff disappointments for the team.
The most recent game was a close one. The two teams battled it out with the score going back and fourth. Not only did the 49ers lose the game, they also lost linebacker NaVorro Bowman to a terrible knee injury in the fourth quarter.
It was around the fourth quarter where the 49ers started to loose steam. Most of the blame seems to rest on the Niners’ quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
“I didn’t play good enough to win, I turned the ball over three times. I cost us this game,” said Kaepernick in an interview with NFL.com.
With fans spread throughout Northern California, Sunday’s loss has had an impact on both fans of the franchise and their rivals. There have been strong reactions on both sides of the fandom.
Adding to the buzz surrounding the loss was Richard Sherman’s controversial postgame interview with Erin Andrews. Sherman’s interview is still garnering attention and controversy.
“I was disappointed; I believe they were cheated out of their playoff game” said American River College student and physical education major Andre Thomas.
“I think they are a good team (the 49ers), they’re a well-balanced team and I believe that they can overcome this hump eventually,” Thomas added.