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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick signals a plays against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans.

Now that the so called Har-Bowl is history, and John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens have defeated Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers, please allow us to offer a dash of perspective.

First of all, we urge all Niners' fans to come in from the ledge. It was an excruciatingly difficult loss, we understand, but everything is going to be OK because there is a great future for this team.

Of course, we -- like many in the Bay Area -- share the disappointment that the 49ers were unable to win their sixth Super Bowl. We also were disappointed with the way the team played in the first half when they dug themselves a 21-6 hole that was followed by a record-tying, 108-yard second-half kickoff return for a touchdown making it 28-6.

But after a strange power outage that delayed play for 35 minutes in the second half, the 49ers turned things around by scoring 17 points in a little more than four minutes. It was gratifying how the team rallied and nearly pulled it out.

Secondly, when we reflect on the season, we must confess that we had fun watching one of our two Bay Area professional football teams in the Super Bowl. It had been a while. The once-mighty 49ers had not been in the Super Bowl for 18 years. The Raiders haven't made it since 2003. It is about time that one of them got back to the big game.

Finally, we would remind supporters that the 49ers had a special season that fell just one win short of its goal. It was a true treat for those of us in the area to see a team that reminds us of the 49ers of bygone years.


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This football season is one more example of how Bay Area professional sports franchises are once again on the rise.

The 49ers' run to the Super Bowl extended the frenetic energy created in the Bay Area last summer and fall by the second World Series championship for the San Francisco Giants in three years, as well as the Oakland A's making an exceptional and improbable run to win the American League West on the last day of the regular season.

Now we have the long-suffering Golden State Warriors, under new ownership, showing themselves to be a serious contender in the National Basketball Association. And, of course, the San Jose Sharks are off to their hottest start ever as they venture into the lockout-shortened National Hockey League season.

So, yes, for the first time, the 49ers did not win a Super Bowl in which they played. But they gave us plenty of thrills and excitement, and we expect that they will do so for many years to come.

Ownership has built a strong and powerful team that it plans to showcase in a new stadium in Santa Clara in 2014. Who knows? They may even have that sixth Super Bowl victory under their belt by the time it opens.