Your move backfires, as Harbaugh dons battle armor and an ax and leads his team to an ass-pillaging of your roster. The 42-0 beatdown stings even worse than last year’s playoff loss, as it signals a true changing of the guard. The 49ers use the victory to springboard themselves into winning the Super Bowl in YOUR home stadium, while your team limps to a 9-7 finish, a game out of the playoffs. Carmichael moves on at the end of the season, and you make it back to the playoffs under Payton three more times in the ensuing years, but you run into the 49ers dynasty buzzsaw each time, ending any hope of your team winning another title.
I suppose these things happen.