Ray Ratto, writing for CSNBayArea.com:
But 2014 will be a hugely important year, and not because of the gaudy new digs. The 49ers are that very good team that has the wherewithal to be great but hasn’t proven it in the all-in hand yet. What they have accomplished is very difficult. What they have not yet done is more difficult still.
Astute analysis of why the Niners lost tonight in Seattle — contrary to what Anquan Boldin thinks, they clearly aren’t better than the Seahawks. Losing two out of three games this year proves that thesis, I think. Going to three straight NFC title games is no small feat, to be sure, but San Francisco needs to get better — Colin Kaepernick especially — in order to come through when it really matters.