Uhm. I think we need to define what a "better" team is. In my mind, "better" means that if you play each other - say 100 times, who would win the majority of them.
So in SB 42, we were the better team that day, but the Pats were the better team. Period.
But i don't htink SF was better last year.
I've been reading these same statements by players after a loss ever since I've been following football, "they didn't beat us we beat ourselves", that same statement could apply to every game if you think about it