When we came into the season what did we expect...? Well this is what some of us expected : 3rd place in the NFC west with a record around 6-10. Did that happen? No, not at all. The Niners became legit superbowl contenders with a 13-3 record.
When we came into the post-season most analyst were saying something like this "The niners played in a weak division, they are one and done." What did the team say to that? Well they responded with beating the saints with TC3 and that beautiful run play for a TD.
Did Bill Walsh win a Superbowl in his first year? No, it took him 3 years, with the first two being horrific season. It takes time even for the greatest head coach to ever live.
If you want to play the blame game and blame Crabtree and Williams, if it weren't for them we may not even BE in the championship game.
So what that we lost. We shut up those columnist and got to the championship game. We showed the world what we are capable of, what the Niners can do. This was only Harbaugh's 1st year and we have had significant turnaround. He taught the team to believe and helped us believe in the team, in Alex Smith. We can probably expect so much more next year and the years following.