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Niners naysayers need to get grip on perspectives

It's not like Niners' fans shouldn't be worried. Of course Niners' fans should be worried. A playoff-bound team (49ers) that gets embarrassed by another playoff-bound team, which also happens to be a division rival (Seattle Seahawks), well, yeah. It behooves the Niners and their fans to be worried.

But let's give this whole big 2012 playoff picture some perspective.

Let's give this this whole mainstream, knee-jerk, trendy "the Niners have lost their mojo" jibber-jabber some context.

If memory serves, the New York Giants won last season's Super Bowl after having entered the playoffs as a wild-card team with a 9-7 regular-season record.

The Niners will almost certainly enter this season's playoffs as division champion, needing to beat the woebegone Cardinals today. The Niners will enter this season's postseason with a much better regular-season record than last year's Super Bowl winners.

So, why the gloomy outlook?

Why the panic?

Jim Harbaugh has taken some cheap shots lately, but if memory serves, Bill Walsh, the exalted, sainted, Hall of Fame coach of the 49ers during the franchise's Golden Age, wasn't always so golden nor so exalted.

If memory serves, his Niners finished an uninspired 3-6 in the strike-shortened 1982 season, one year after winning the franchise's first Super Bowl. A despondent Walsh openly talked about retiring after that desultory campaign.

If memory serves, Walsh's Niners lost first-round playoff games three consecutive seasons, in 1985, '86 and '87 — nothing to be ashamed of, certainly; after all, making the playoffs in three straight seasons is a level of success not to be summarily dismissed. But neither is it the resume of a certifiable genius.


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