49ers’ ‘unfinished business’: Will bitter loss fuel another Super Bowl run?

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When the 49ers landed at San Jose International Airport after their gutting Super Bowl LIV loss in February, general manager John Lynch saw he’d received a text from his friend, Kurt Warner.

He’s saved that message from the Hall of Fame quarterback.

And Lynch read some of Warner’s words Tuesday as he explained how the 49ers have navigated the aftermath of a nightmare. Warner’s nightmare occurred in 2002 when the Rams were upset in Super Bowl XXXVI by the Patriots, who were 14-point underdogs.

Warner said the loss made their 14-2 season feel like a failure. And their deep disappointment carried over to the next season, when the Rams started 0-5.

“My advice would be to not be afraid to celebrate.” Warner wrote to Lynch. “As disappointed as you are, celebrate the accomplishment you had. You had an outstanding year.”

Said Lynch: “I think there’s wisdom in that.”

What’s the best way to handle the psychological fallout after a Lombardi Trophy slips from one’s grip in historically painful fashion?

It’s a question Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan began discussing on the flight home from Miami, two days after the 49ers became the …

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