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San Francisco 49ers Fans React Online to Heartbreaking Loss

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San Francisco 49ers fan Madonna Caballes anxiously watches the closing minutes of the Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at the Biggest Big Game Bash watch party in Downtown Las Vegas on Feb. 11, 2024. (Martin do Nascimento/KQED)

Last night, after Patrick Mahomes charged his way toward another Super Bowl victory with the Kansas City Chiefs, I watched my cousin punch a hole in the wall. He was hardly alone in his disappointment — it was a loss that the Niners Faithful will likely never forget.

In the past 14 seasons, the 49ers have appeared in seven NFC Championship games and reached the Super Bowl three times. And yet — whether under coach Jim Harbaugh or Mike Shannahan; whether Colin Kaepernick or Brock Purdy is behind center; whether defensively anchored by Patrick Willis or Fred Warner; whether Christian McCaffrey or Deebo Samuel are healthy or injured — it hasn’t been enough.

As sadness, rage and and anxiety spread across Niner Nation today, here’s how some of the team’s fans and well-known supporters — from rappers to sportswriters to the team’s “official post-game ranter” — are coping.

Beloved Niners advocate and sports radio host Bonta Hill was reflective and even vulnerable — rare for a publicly vociferous football addict —  in his post-game reaction:

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In case you were wondering, here’s what “I’m pretty numb and this is a loss that will haunt this organization forever” looks like:

Rapper Kevin Allen had a theory about why the Niners continue to come up short:

Squandered Super Bowls are becoming an excruciatingly yearly routine for Niners fans, just like paying your taxes in April:

Speaking of taxes, U.S. Vice president — and former San Francisco District Attorney — Kamala Harris, chimed in:

P-Lo, the rapper who delivered this Super Bowl’s official 49ers anthem, said this after witnessing the Chiefs beat Niners again:

I hold a fond spot in my heart for parents ushering in the next generation of sports fans. There aren’t many dads more diehard than Niner Nick, who posted this about his newborn son after Sunday’s shortcoming:

I’ve already consoled one crying adult in the past 24 hours. It’s time to check in on your Niners friends:

I’m not sure if this is how therapy cycles are supposed to work, but here’s an attempt from one fan after the game ended:

It wouldn’t be a post-game venting session without at least one accusation of conspiracy and NFL collusion. Here’s what local rapper Darrell Medellin said about the Kansas City Swifties winning it all:

In retrospect, maybe signs of the inevitable were already there early on, as San Francisco Chronicle columnist and 49er diehard, Peter Hartlaub, posted this thread at halftime:

Ultimately, it was Marcus Thompson — the  Oaklander who authored both Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant’s autobiographies, and has seen his fair share of Bay Area championships as a columnist for The Athletic — who broke down last night’s Super Bowl defeat into its most distilled reality:

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