Wednesday, January 23, 2013

49ers ready to prove their place as top dogs

There was little doubt last season’s NFC Championship game defeat left the San Francisco 49ers with a huge point to prove this year. That added motivation was clear as Jim Harbaugh’s team stormed back from 17-0 down against the Falcons to secure their place in this season’s Super Bowl.

The Niners’ Championship game overtime loss to the Giants last season was a really painful pill to swallow for the whole squad, but San Francisco will know that anything less than victory against the Baltimore Ravens would see this year go down as another failure.

Harbaugh has made it clear he is determined to build another dynasty in San Francisco similar to the one from the Joe Montana days that yielded five Super Bowl titles in their time.

San Francisco’s plans won’t mean anything to Baltimore’s own Harbaugh, as John who looks to complete a postseason of shocks by claiming one last big name scalp, and come out on top in the battle of the brothers.

The 49ers felt they had the best team in the NFC last year, and after showing it again over the course of the regular season, they fully deserve their first appearance back in the big game for the first time since 1995.

While reaching this season’s Super Bowl has opened the door for the Niners to draw level with Pittsburgh on six titles, this bunch of players will just be happy to get over last season's disappointment and prove some critics wrong.

On paper, San Francisco will rightly go into the season’s showpiece game as favourites in the Super Bowl 2013 betting. It won’t be as simple as that, however, and nobody in the Niners camp will be underestimating the threat posed by a Ravens team on their own special journey.

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