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Monday, February 4, 2013
Around the NFC West: 49ers join the club

By Mike Sando

NEW ORLEANS -- The San Francisco 49ers' 34-31 defeat to Baltimore in the Superdome on Sunday marked the franchise's first loss in a Super Bowl.

It was business as usual for the NFC West recently, however.

Every current team from the division has lost a Super Bowl over the past 12 years.

Turnovers were influential, of course.

The 49ers finished this game with a minus-1 differential. St. Louis was minus-3 in turnovers during its Super Bowl defeat. Arizona was minus-1. Seattle was the lone NFC West team to come out ahead on turnovers during its Super Bowl defeat.

The 49ers fell to 3-6-1 under coach Jim Harbaugh when they failed to intercept the opposing quarterback. They are 24-3 in the rest of their games.

San Francisco was looking to join the 2003 New England Patriots as the only teams to win Super Bowls while allowing at least three scoring passes and failing to collect an interception. Those Patriots claimed a thrilling 32-29 victory in Houston.

These 49ers, like the 2005 Seahawks, complained loudly about officiating following their Super Bowl defeat. Both teams had legitimate gripes, but both teams also had bigger problems. It will be interesting to see whether Harbaugh acknowledges that.