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San Francisco 49ers hope Chip Kelly ushers in a new winning era

San Francisco 49ers hope Chip Kelly ushers in a new winning era

Excited as they are about a revived San Francisco-Los Angeles rivalry, the 49ers are more focused these days on reviving themselves.

It’s hard to believe it was only a few years ago that Jim Harbaugh had the 49ers breathing the rarefied air of the best teams in the NFL. San Francisco made it to three consecutive NFC championship games during the Harbaugh era, from 2011-13, and nearly came back to beat Baltimore in the Super Bowl in the 2012 season.

But the 49ers and Harbaugh parted ways after an 8-8 season in 2014 — and overwhelming tension behind the scenes — paving the way for a forgettable 2015 season under Jim Tomsula, and finally the arrival of Chip...

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