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Saints-Los Angeles Rams NFC Championship game probably thought about how the Saints have been getting kicked in the head in recent years. Here’s a team that now has back-to-back postseason losses with the Minneapolis Miracle in 2018 and then the pass interference call that wasn’t on Sunday. It was a rough game for the Saints and who can blame them? Another heartbreaking post season loss. It was enough for ESPN’s Adam Schefter to tweet out a statement that no other team has suffered this type of postseason disappointment. Yeah no. Not even close. I get the take Womens Fred Warner Jersey (www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/fred-warner-jersey-authentic) , but there’s several teams that have dealt with worse heartbreak. The most obvious example for all NFL fans is the Buffalo Bills losing four straight Super Bowls. For 49ers fans, I think we can recall a team that didn’t have two of those losses, but three. Before I could say anything, Nathan Kley responded and took the words out of my mouth: The Saints might have been the team to suffer heartbreak in recent times, but no team ever? *Shiver* I don’t want to recall all three years of this, but I must. Tuck the kiddies to bed and leave the lights on, this gets pretty nasty. 2011-2012When Jim Harbaugh arrived, everyone had the 49ers pegged for a last place finish in the NFC West and nowhere near the the NFC Championship game. The 49ers did just the opposite, getting the No. 2 seed and hosting the New York Giants where the winner would go to the Super Bowl. Despite atrocious wide receivers and the Giants nipping at their heels, the 49ers had this thing under control. Then this happened to tie the game up.Followed by this in overtime. Giants advance, 49ers fans are subjected to tales of how elite Eli Manning was, crown Kyle Williams the scourging blight of the roster, and to put a bow on things, treated to a Giants victory over the Patriots in the Super Bowl. A Super Bowl the 49ers very well could have won. One punt and the 49ers couldn’t get it done. Ugh. Onto the next year. 2012-13The 49ers took care of their business to notch the No. 2 seed in the playoffs yet again. Colin Kaepernick became the starter midway through the season and embarrassed the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round. Despite a rough first half in the NFC Championship Game, the 49ers came back in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons thanks to a crucial run-in by Frank Gore. The win punched their tickets to the Super Bowl against the Baltimore Ravens. This was a game the 49ers weren’t in control of to start. Fumbles, terrible officiating, and www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/earl-mitchell-jersey-authentic , uh, a power outage were the things fans had to deal with. When the lights turned back on, the 49ers were rejuvenated and started making a huge comeback. Touchdown by touchdown, they shaved the Ravens’ lead until they got into the redzone. No problem right? Kaepernick has led the 49ers to the promised land. They had the Ravens on their heels all second half. Frank Gore had a massive run to set things up. All they had to do was punch the ball in. Well, then this final series happened. On the five yard line, and the 49ers couldn’t get either a helmet to helmet penalty for a hit on Michael Crabtree, a pass interference call for a hold on Crabtree, or (the preferred outcome) a simple run play before the play clock expired. Needless to say, fade passes were not punching the ball in. Five yards and the 49ers couldn’t. Get. It. Done. It was one of the worst nights for any 49ers fan. So close and the season was over thanks to bad clock management, playcalling, and crummy officiating. So there’s two back-to-back losses. Unlike the Saints, the 49ers have a third. Oh man, I don’t want to go there, but I must. 2013-14The 49ers once again went back to the NFC Championship game. Thanks to an, um, incident, the 49ers found themselves a wild card and battling through each opponent on the road before netting another NFC Championship. Except this one was in CenturyLink Field against the Seattle Seahawks Womens Tress Way Jersey (www.redskinsfootballauthentics.com/tress-way-jersey-authentic) , a place the 49ers got blown out of earlier in the season. The 49ers took an early lead and went into the half up by seven points. A score that should make no fan feel optimistic given where they were playing. That fear reared itself in the fourth quarter thanks to a botched roughing the kicker penalty, an ill-advised Colin Kaepernick interception and aNaVorro Bowman knee injury. After the injury though, the 49ers got a fumble and had some time on the clock (along with time outs) to get the ball downfield for a touchdown and win the game. They started chipping away yardage against the Seahawks but not calling timeouts, or having much urgency. Regardless of how frustrating it was not to see some hustle, they still had time to put this thing away. Then yep, you guessed it, this happened. The play people are still trying to figure out an actual name for. The Seahawks went to the Super Bowl and pile-drove the Denver Broncos into oblivion to get their first ring. The 49ers once again couldn’t. Get. It. Done. Three years, one year in the Super Bowl, two in the NFC Championship. All close games and all lost in the most gut-wrenching way possible. It’s one thing if the 49ers got blown out in any of these games, but they were put in position to win each game and for some strange reason or another—be it play-calling, clock management, or the refs—they blew it. If we’re talking recent heartbreak, the Saints have had a rough two years and win the medal. The miracle and that awful, awful PI call are a duo that is ridiculous and can level a team’s morale. How the coaching staff keeps everyone together after that is anyone’s guess. But two back-to-back heartbreaking losses being the standard that no other NFL team has suffered? The 49ers have that on lockdown. Move along. When the Texans host the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night it will be a matchup of Houston's quarterback of the future in Deshaun Watson and one of the many failed quarterbacks of the team's past in Brock Osweiler.It will be Osweiler's third straight start in place of Ryan Tannehill, who is out with a shoulder injury.Watson is healthy after dealing with lung and rib injuries and helped the team to its fourth straight win last week after an 0-3 start to leave the Texans in first place in the AFC South.The Texans traded up to draft Watson with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 draft to take over at the position after trading Osweiler to Cleveland just one difficult season after signing him to a $72 million contract. Osweiler spent last season with the Broncos before joining the Dolphins this year.Osweiler was supposed to be the answer to Houston's longtime woes at quarterback, but instead ended up being the worst free-agent signing in the franchise's short history. He was benched in December of his first and only season with the Texans when he'd thrown three interceptions before halftime of a game against the Jaguars. Tom Savage started the next two games, but got a concussion early in the second one and the Texans looked to Osweiler again.He played well to help Houston to a win in the wild-card game over Oakland. But his three interceptions doomed the Texans in a 34-16 loss to New England in the next round and he was sent packing a couple of months after that.Osweiler Youth Weston Richburg Jersey (www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/weston-richburg-jersey-authentic) , who is 1-1 as a starter this season, knows everyone will be talking about his time in Houston this week, but insists he isn't worried about it."There's going to be a lot of outside noise trying to make a situation bigger than what it really is; but at the end of the day ... my one season I had in Houston, I look at it as a successful season," he said. "We won our division and we won a playoff game."He said he hasn't spoken to Houston coach Bill O'Brien since the trade, but that he has "great respect" for him and the Texans."There's no hard feelings," Osweiler said. "There's no ill-will ... (I'm) focused just on playing a good football game Thursday and doing whatever this football team needs me to do to help them get a win."Although the Texans went 9-7 in Osweiler's one season, some of his former teammates don't have very fond memories of his time in Houston."He's not here anymore, so I don't really care for him," defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said. "We didn't win a lot with him. Trying to go against him now. Try to get after him this week up front make him rattled in the pocket, hope he'll throw a couple of interceptions."While the Texans were certainly disappointed that Osweiler didn't work out after he signed that huge contract, they're happy with how things worked out considering that his failure led to them drafting Watson.The 23-year-old Watson said he didn't know a lot about the revolving door the team had at quarterback in the years before he was drafted. But he does understand how excited fans are to have him and about his potential to be the franchise quarterback this team has long searched for."It's been awesome just to feel that love and just have people consider me as a franchise quarterback and they want me here," he said. "So, I've just got to continue to focus on what I can do to help this team win."Some things to know about the Dolphins-Texans game.EARLY ARRIVALThe Dolphins flew to Houston on Tuesday, a day earlier than usual. Coach Adam Gase decided to tweak the schedule because in the Dolphins' two most recent Thursday night appearances, they lost at Cincinnati 22-7 in 2016 and at Baltimore 40-0 last year.Gase conceded he's still trying to figure out the best way to prepare on a short week."I'm the wrong guy to ask on that, considering that I think we've scored seven points and given up 60-something www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/pierre-garcon-jersey-authentic ," he said. "We're trying something new this year."MILLER'S MIAMI TIESHouston running back Lamar Miller was born and raised in Miami, went to college at Miami, was drafted by the Dolphins in 2012 and spent his first four seasons there before signing with the Texans before the 2016 season.Miller, who had his first 100-yard rushing game since 2016 last week, said he's trying to approach Thursday as any other game, but admitted it might mean a little bit more because of his history."Of course, I want to do good because I played there and I'm from there," he said. "So, I'm going to try and do whatever I can to put us in the best spot to win this game."KEY MATCHUPMiami cornerback Xavien Howard is likely to spend a lot of time covering DeAndre Hopkins, who is tied for third in the NFL with 707 yards receiving on 47 catches."I see he likes to push off a lot," Howard said. "He likes to get physical. That's going to be part of his game."Howard said that's fine with him."Oh, yeah. I'm a physical corner," he said.Howard is tied for the league lead with three interceptions.AP Sports Writer Steven Wine in Miami contributed to this report.
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