The San Francisco 49ers made it to the NFC Championship Game and made it to the Super Bowl in the first two years of the Jim Harbaugh regime; and they are looking to take the next step in year three—win the Super Bowl.
However, history is not on their side. The last franchise to go on to win the Super Bowl after losing in it the previous year was the 1972 Miami Dolphins—Mercury Morris reminds of that team every year when the last undefeated team of the season loses.
In fact, five of the last six NFC teams that lost the Super Bowl did not make the playoffs the next season—the 2008 Arizona Cardinals being the exception.
These are the five questions the 49ers must answer correctly this off-season in order to buck this trend. If they indeed answer these questions, they could be the first Super Bowl loser to go on and win the Super Bowl the next season since the 1972 Dolphins.
Let me know if you disagree: