Though the San Francisco 49ers won't be going to the Super Bowl this year, their faithful fans, decked out in red and gold, lined up on Monday at practice headquarters to give words of encouragement to their beloved team.
"Thank you so much for a great season," Randy Ioerger told NBC Bay Area, as Coach Jim Harbaugh and Quarterback Colin Kaepernick drove up to their Santa Clara training facility. The team held a meeting on Monday, before the players were to clean out their lockers.
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"I'm a a die-hard niners fan," said Jamie Tindall, holding a baby in her arms. "I want my daughter to be a die-hard fan, too. Win or lose, that's my team."
The Seattle Seahawks beat the Niners 23-17 on Sunday during the NFC Championship Game. The Seahawks will now battle the Denver Broncos in the Superbowl XLVIII.
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But some fans, including Celeste Rivera, were already brushing away their losses and looking toward a brighter future: "There's always next year."