SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- After Sunday's last-minute loss at Seattle, many observers were struck at how calm and at peace San Francisco 49ers' coach Jim Harbaugh was in his news conference.
Tuesday, at his end of the season news conference, Harbaugh kept the same demeanor, but he surely wasn't pleased in with the loss.
“I have not experienced a good loss,” Harbaugh said. “So, if there is one, I'm not aware of it.”
However, Harbaugh was satisfied with his team's effort and he recognized what a classic game it was.
“The game itself was one of the best games I've ever witnessed as a coach or player because the players played their (tails) off,” Harbaugh said. “It's a credit to the players in the game, the way they played.”
Overall, Harbaugh was pleased with the 49ers season, in which they went 12-4 in the regular season and won 13 of 15 games before falling in Seattle.
“It was a fabulous year of football. The players played superbly,” Harbaugh said. “I thought they were prepared superbly by our coaching staff, and it was a great year of football with a capital G.”
Harbaugh also took time to compliment the Seahawks, the 49ers' bitter rival.
“They're an outstanding, worthy opponent. That's one thing about a rivalry that is a wonderful thing in football, at any level, it makes both teams aspire to be better, to be great,” Harbaugh said. “And they had a phenomenal year. So far they've done it better than anybody else has.”