The San Francisco 49ers have worked their way back into being one of the best teams in the league after falling off the radar a bit over the last few years. The 49ers have played their way into securing the first overall seed in the NFC postseason picture, holding home-field advantage on through the Super Bowl. That has brought into the last time that the franchise has reached that stage of the playoffs, with the team having a prime opportunity to head down that path.
49ers’ rich NFL history
Since entering the NFL, the 49ers have been one of the most successful franchises in league history.
That has seen them make 27 playoff appearances along with winning the NFC West division 20 times, six conference championship game appearances, and five Super Bowl wins in six trips. San Francisco has totaled 583 wins along with 31 playoff wins over their 74 years of existence.
The franchise has had the benefit of having had some of the game’s greatest players don their uniform, such as Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Fred Dean, Terrell Owens, Frank Gore, and Steve Young, among others. The 49ers have an illustrious history that saw much of their Super Bowl success come in the 1980s with Montana helping guide the team to four Super Bowls, with Rice being on tap for the last three of that decade.
Meanwhile, Young got his shine and the monkey off his back by leading the 49ers to win Super Bowl XXIX in 1994, which has marked the team’s last win on that stage.
49ers’ last Super Bowl appearance
It has been quite a while since San Francisco last won a Super Bowl spanning over two decades. However, it hasn’t been nearly as long as their last trip to that stage.
Before their success this season, the 49ers had ridden high in the NFL for several seasons behind then-head coach Jim Harbaugh that saw them move their way to Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, where they faced off against the Baltimore Ravens. San Francisco fell short in the contest 34-31, but it was an entertaining contest.
The Ravens held a 21-6 lead over the 49ers at the half, which they increased to 22 points after a Jacoby Jones kickoff return touchdown to begin the third quarter. From that point on, the second half was an entirely different story as the Colin Kaepernick-led offense surged back into the game, outscoring Baltimore 23-3 through the early in the fourth quarter.
The Ravens increased their lead to 34-29 after a field goal with just over four minutes left in regulation. The 49ers responded with six plays going 83 yards that put them first and goal at the seven-yard line with just over two minutes left. The 49ers were able to advance the ball only two yards and had the fourth-down play see Kaepernick’s throw go just out of the reach of Michael Crabtree’s hands.
Since that game, the 49ers haven’t gone further than the NFC championship game in the last six years before the 2019 campaign.
49ers’ Chances to win Super Bowl 54
For the first time in over a half-decade, the 49ers have found themselves in possible Super Bowl contention after securing a first-round playoff bye. San Francisco has been one of the league’s best teams throughout the year, behind their stout defense and balanced offense.
Things did take a bit of a step back in the second half of the regular season, but the 49ers are viewed as being one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. They have some stiff challenges in the NFC that will begin with the Minnesota Vikings, who are coming off an impressive road win over the New Orleans Saints.
Meanwhile, if they reach the NFC title game, it would be a matchup between either the Green Bay Packers or Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers hold wins over both those teams in the regular season. The 49ers certainly have what it takes to reach the Super Bowl, where it could be a potential Super Bowl rematch against the Ravens. The two teams have an entertaining matchup during the season.
The Kansas City Chiefs are also pinned as one of the favorites in the AFC to reach the Super Bowl. Nonetheless, San Francisco has what it takes to win it all.