STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
The 49ers stumbled out of the gate in 2013, getting embarrassed in back-to-back losses in Weeks 2 and 3, but they showed resiliency in winning 11 of their final 13 contests, to finish 12-4. The team then had to go on the road for the entire postseason, winning at Green Bay and Carolina before coming up short against Seattle in the NFC Championship Game, when a Colin Kaepernick pass was intercepted in the end zone in the final minute of play. On the heels of narrowly losing the Super Bowl to Baltimore in 2012, the 49ers have been an extremely successful franchise of late, albeit one without a championship.
Despite a great record, the 49ers' passing game was practically non-existent in 2013. Justified or not, the blame for many of the team's issues on that front tended to fall on the shoulders of Kaepernick, who at times had difficulty reading defenses during his first full season as a starter. Coach Jim Harbaugh has hinted that an You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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