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49ers will regroup, begin planning for next season

Updated: February 4, 2013, 4:01 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Offensive linemen Alex Boone and Mike Iupati stood in one corner of a near-empty San Francisco locker room and pondered just how close they had come to winning the Super Bowl.

It quickly began to sink in, beneath the Superdome on Sunday night as the Baltimore Ravens celebrated, that their season had ended short of the goal.

One year, they almost reached the NFL's championship game. The next, they nearly won it.

"It just hurts, it hurts now," Iupati said. "There ...

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