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Morning Tailgate: Feb. 5

Posted by Alex Espinoza on February 5, 2013 – 11:43 AM

The 49ers were back at the team headquarters in Santa Clara again on Tuesday for the last time as a team. A full range of emotions were on display from the players, who were sad to be together for the final time but happy with the winning foundation set by the team in the past couple of seasons.

Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group wrote that the 49ers are built to make more Super Bowl runs in the future.

“Coach Jim Harbaugh, Kaepernick and the rest did not fulfill their apparent destiny this time; they had every opportunity, and they came up short for now, just as they came up short against the New York Giants a round earlier last season,” Kawakami wrote. “(And, yes, this means the 49ers have had their seasons ended by the eventual champions the past two years.) But Harbaugh, Kaepernick, Gore & Co. should have several more chances together. They were built to have many chances, all stemming from Kaepernick, who started his 10th NFL game Sunday and almost fashioned the greatest comeback victory in Super Bowl history.”

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate wraps up the best 49ers headlines from Super Bowl Sunday.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com looked at the 49ers coming up just short of the win.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle passed along comments from the 49ers, who believe they will be back on the Super Bowl stage.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee recapped the first Super Bowl loss in franchise history.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group said the 49ers are poised to build on the Super Bowl loss.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated took an extended look at the Super Bowl in his latest Monday Morning QB column.

Ray Ratto CSNBayArea.com wrote that the 49ers hurt themselves with early mistakes.

Monte Poole of Bay Area News Group shared the sentiments of Jim and John Harbaugh after their brotherly duel.

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated examined the final 49ers drive of the Super Bowl.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com broke down the 49ers’ bid to win the Super Bowl that just fell short.

Rembert Browne of Grantland.com offered a candid look at his Super Bowl week experience.

Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle and Kawakami spotlighted Kaepernick’s performance in the Super Bowl.

Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle looks ahead to the future of Kaepernick.

Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group and Barrows featured Frank Gore’s reaction to the Super Bowl loss.

Hulu.com offered a look back at Super Bowl commercials.

Maiocco passed along comments from Ravens coach John Harbaugh about the 49ers.

Killion wrote that Jim and John will likely never watch the Super Bowl together down the road.



They’ll be back.

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21 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Feb. 5”

  1. By pokeyspride2002 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply


    We the Fans are extremely proud of you all; you worked so hard and did everything you could to win! Though are hearts are broken, like your’s they will mend and we will be chanting your names again next season and encouraging another Superbowl run! The quest for six continues! Niners 4/life! We love you!

    Mary Johnson

    Marion, Iowa

  2. By pokeyspride2002 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    That was supposed to say, Tough our hearts are broken, not are!

  3. By pokeyspride2002 on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    DUH, another flubb, sorry “Though” I’ll get it right in a minute! lol

  4. By Lisa Lesinsky on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    I so agree with Mary, I have been a Niners fan forever!!! And I live in Connecticut. You guys were awesome this year. You should NOT feel like you let anyone down. This year was great and next year is going to be better. The 49ers have an unbelievable team and coach and you should be so proud to be part of it. Thank you for a great season and next year I plan to be out there for one game with all the other fans with the red shirts. GO NINERS!!!!

  5. By David on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Niner Fan for life, but coach, try using the same pep talk in the locker room you use at half time before the game. With the pack, we came back, with the dirty birds, we pulled it out at the end, starting off really rough both games. If this keeps up, since we moving to a new town anyway, re-name the 49ers the Cardiac Kids….. Too bad the jumper cables did not work in the Super Bowl…can’t blame anyone at the end, look at how it started..we are on to a good thing with Jim, though. 1st year, NFC Championship game, 2nd year Super Bowl game, next year (3rd time’s a charm) we’re gonna win it all. Go Niners

  6. By Scott Amundson on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    I am a 49 er Fan 4 Life but to get to 5 yard line and not go down running the ball fighting for every yard like they did in amazing comeback is hard to swallow it will be a long off season . They averaged over 5 yards a carry NO WAY RAVENS would have stopped them on 4 downs. Then Defense would have stopped Ravens 4 the Super Bowl Title and best Finish in History!!!

  7. By jesus mendoza on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply


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  9. By Donny Pauling on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    It was a tough loss, especially since the Niners have never before lost a Superbowl. I really thought it was gonna happen. I do take a little comfort in the fact that the loss came to a Harbaugh, and that Ray Lewis got to retire on top. But 6… and the greatest comeback in Superbowl history… and Kaepernick ending with a ring… and our Ackers, who likely won’t be with us next year, ending with a ring… ugh. Disappointing. All that said, I’m also incredibly proud of this team! I’ve never stopped being a fan. Even during the losing years I had season tickets on the 50 yard line, and enjoyed games that didn’t end the way I’d prefer. Harbaugh has guided this team and showed them that they’re winners, and that’s not something that will end with this stupid loss. Thanks, team. It was a great year!

  10. By Buzz Clifford?arthur.clifford29@yahoo.com on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply


    Could not be more proud of you guys. Kaep shoud have run it in at the end of the game.

    We need a fast 6ft2 210 pound strong defensive back. We need this person to fight for the ball with a leaper and strong man like Anquan Boldin.

    This game was lost because of the bad call at the very end by Greg Roman but u don’t throw baby out with batch water over one call. Next year is the charm! Free agents will love to be on a Jim Harbaugh coached team.!!!
    Next year is the charm. Same about LaMichael James he is a fantastic back as was Roger Craig. Do Not throw James out with the bathwater. LaMichael is awesome.
    he John Harbaugh safety was ingenius and genius. It is not meant for us to win uper Bowl till we play playoffs in New Stadium.

    Again great job. Gore’s and Kaepernecks legs got you there. Comme to the big dance with whom brung you. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Our strength our running game. Dixon should have been used (hind sight is 20?20) No rear view mirror stuff. Let’s go watch film one last time, move forward, don’t look back. Them on each play stay in that moment.
    Love Buzz

  11. By Lou Perfetti on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    It takes years to put togheter a team like the Niners are right now…
    Let’s not brake up this group of players…..for no reasons in the world…
    Luck turned against us….the entire world witnessed….
    We were coming up on the Ravens….In a Super bowl…..Sorry if this is not much…
    We can’t fight destiny…. but we sure can wait for next season…
    Great team….Niner’s nation is proud of you….Niners for ever…
    Lou Perfetti.

  12. By Buzz Clifford?arthur.clifford29@yahoo.com on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply


    Ellerby runs clear croos field and makes game changing? saving tackle of Frank Gore’s probale touchdown.

    Otherwise we are hoisting 6th Lombardi trophy.

    Ellerby and John Harbaugh great. Suggs prevented Kaep from running all day long.

  13. By rypat on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Great season and great game! John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens saw weakness in some areas and exposed every one of them! Expect significant roster changes next season or it will be a major uphill battle! I really am tired of watching Whitner and Culliver talk smack on the field after routinely getting burned! Guys, take a look at Willis he is a machine and never speaks a word! Let your play do the talking!

  14. By John on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Hahaha GO RAVENS

  15. By ace on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    i still cant believe we didnt win that game,we beat better p a s s i n g teams then them, wait i think we beat outselves cuz we have a better roster then they do.hope we can return with mostly same team next year. we love u niners !!!!

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  17. By highflight49ers on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you Captain Patrick Willis and all the 49ers for a Fantastic season!
    I can already hear the drum at the Stick calling the 49er Faithful to shout, “DEFENSE! DEFENSE! DEFENSE!…” I can hear, “Let’s Go Niners! ….. Let’s Go Niners! ….. Let’s Go Niners! …..
    I can hear, “And That’s another 49er First down! OORAH! OORAH! OORAH!
    We’ll be back! GO 49ERS OORAH!!!!!!
    Forever 49er Faithful!

  18. By mfkram64 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    it’s time to look at free agents and needs the niners have to address…cb’s and wr’s seem to be in need…williams from ravens is a free agent cb and lewis from steelers..also rogers-cromartie from eagles…wr’s have to see were williams and manningham are at in rehabing…like i said before and last year i like wallace…also bowe,jennings,nelson and a couple of guys i like r armendola and heartline some young guys who can also return punts..in the draft i like to see them go for d-line…

  19. By Hermie on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Revis from the Jets was being shopped around too!

  20. By tanglung on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    THE 49ERS will pick up players via free agency and the draft. Harbaugh and his staff know how to spot talent. THE 49ERS will be even better this coming season. In Harbaugh I trust. LET’S GO 49ERS…….

  21. By Javymetal on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    I’m a faithful fan from Mexico border city of Nogales, Sonora….& I’m very Proud of My Team since the Montana’s era……never change my feelings, always with the Niners, I feel this young rooster will made it next season, I’m pretty sure of that, the only important departure is Alex Smith, they need to keep the same rooster, the same teammates and coaches….just need to work a little hard enough to reach the Lombardi Trophy……..LETS GO NINERS…!!!!

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