INDIANAPOLIS — The 49ers strung collectively a league-best 12-game win streak coming into the NFC Championship recreation.
Then, the 49ers’ season led to anti-climactic vogue.
Quarterback Brock Purdy sustained a torn elbow ligament on the staff’s sixth offensive play of the sport. And the 49ers couldn’t compete within the second half of a 31-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Now, the 49ers — like everybody else within the NFL — begin over with the purpose of getting again to a spot deep within the playoffs.
“Time heals some wounds,” 49ers common supervisor John Lynch stated on the 49ers Talk podcast. “The solely factor I do know to do is return and attempt to put a greater product on the market.
“We had a really good team, so it will be difficult to improve this team. But I was taught a long time ago that you never stay the same. You’re getting better or getting worse. We intend to get better.”
The 49ers have already misplaced some key elements of the teaching workers, together with defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, the brand new coach of the Houston Texans. The membership changed him with Steve Wilks.
Changes may even be coming to the roster. The membership shouldn’t be anticipated to retain quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, proper sort out Mike McGlinchey and linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair as free brokers.
There can be many different comings and goings, too.
The 49ers have certified for the NFL postseason in three of the previous 4 seasons. Each time, the 49ers gained their first two playoff video games earlier than shedding within the Super Bowl and twice within the NFC Championship recreation.
The 49ers, who final gained a Super Bowl on the finish of the 1994 season, can be looking for to finish the drought and win a sixth Lombardi Trophy. But the ache of the latest near-misses will stay without end.
Lynch, who was chosen to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021, has one Super Bowl title as a participant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He stated that championships doesn’t erase the reminiscence of the seasons that ended with playoff losses.
“I do know this from my time in Tampa, when we were knocking on the door for a long time: Those things never go away even after you win one,” he stated. “I think about ’99, when we had a great opportunity. I think about ’05 in Denver. We hosted the AFC Championship game. Those things never go away. They always live in there. So there is a pain component.”
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Lynch stated there isn’t any second-guessing after a season during which the 49ers entered the postseason because the No. 2 seed within the NFC with a 13-4 file.
“Both things can be true: We fell short of our expectations but I’m still very proud,” he stated. “When you win 10 video games in row on this league, you’re doing one thing actually good. We had a extremely good staff, a particular staff.
“I think it would be easier at times if you said, ‘If we just had this.’ We had the team. We didn’t need to do anything different. We had the team. We just fell a little short.”
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