they will be back for sure. great teams are built on a solid defense, and that's what they have. can they make the next step with Alex Smith? possibly. they had their chances tonight. should they look for a replacement at QB? sure. I don't know where to start for the 49ers to make that next step. They look as good as it is.
while i do believe the 9ers are a legit team and def not a 1 year wonder, he is right.
there are no guarantees in football unless you have a brady or rodgers or brees on your team. even the giants have stunk it up since they last won the super bowl, and they have a very good foundation and great coaching