The 49ers are diving into the unknown by starting Trey Lance under center in 2022 

And moving on from Jimmy Garoppolo, who quarterbacked them to the NFC championship last year.

Despite the uncertainty at the most important position on the field, 

A prediction from USA TODAY’s Nate Davis (subscriber only) has 

San Francisco finishing with the same record as last year, 

Making the playoffs, and falling a game short of a return to the NFC championship.

If that’s how Lance’s rookie season ends, it’s hard to believe it’s anything less than a sizable success.

While the 49ers are moving into the Lance era because they believe they can win with him,