(Preface: I am a devoted Niners fan. I am completely biased, I think our poo poo smells like Pledge and fried chicken. These are my thoughts, I sleep through the night.)

I have labored through this…

Caption: Giants beat Niners and end the chance at the three-peat.

Giants beat the Niners and end the chance at the three-peat

and this…

1993 NFC Divisional Playoffs: New York Giants v San Francisco 49ers

The Niners turns the lights out on Lawrence Taylor’s career in a 44-3 divisional playoff game

then this…

Steve Young concussion

The saddest day of all time in 49ers history

And then there was this…

The 1998 – 2010 San Francisco Seasons in order.

The 1998 – 2010 San Francisco Seasons in order

Then alas…


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Nonetheless, it’s a good time to be a Niners fan. I know these parts are dominated by the resident Ravens fan, but today I thought I’d give you guys five reasons why the Niners are going to beat the Ravens.

Apparently, “They just are” isn’t an adequate response.

1.       Alex Smith can’t screw it up. In the summer of 2005, I sat and waited what the 49ers would do with the first pick in the NFL Draft. I watched all the analysis that I could watch, I read every story that I could read, I knew that the Niners needed a QB, and they needed one bad. In a matter of a month what looked like a two man race for the first pick in the draft between Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith, turned into an anointing session for a QB who couldn’t complete a 35 yard pass in the air at the combine. The Niners selected Alex and that guy, who may or may not have been given a fair shake, basically put the Niners into mediocrity for six years. In his defense, Alex did a good job being the starter last year and for the time he was in the position this year, but we always knew that our biggest liability was our QB. He was simply a game manager. Sadly enough, game managers rarely win Super Bowls. Simply managing the game by throwing the ball away and taking the sack over a turnover is not the way championships are won. Therefore, good riddance, Alex Smith, we have our man now, you can play first-string clipboard.

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2.       The 49ers are undefeated in the Super Bowl, all-time. This is an important fact. The only reason why it’s so important to note is because there are only five teams who possess that distinction and only one has done it FIVE times. I don’t know about you, but when you go to five Super Bowls and come home with five Lombardi trophies, you get some respect in my book. Nobody turns it up like the Niners in the Super Bowl. A great fan base, always excellent preparation, and always a great performance. This will be no different.

3.       This isn’t the same 49ers offense from a year ago. That’s definitely not the same Ravens defense. It’s not the Pistol offense, it’s the most prolific offense in the NFL right now! I told someone to explain to me how the Ravens could beat the 49ers in a few sentences… 25 minutes later he was still talking. The Niners have won their last SEVEN games with a different offensive strategy in each game. They’re running, they’re passing, it’s Colin, it’s Frank, it’s Vernon, it’s Crabtree – listen, you just can’t call it. Now about this Ravens defense… they used to be the most dominant force in the NFL, now they’re struggling to stay in the middle of the pack. This defense has faced two mobile QBs all season; they lost both games. Ray Lewis is a Hall-of-Fame LB, but if you’ve ever watched him and his defense play, you know that they are a blitz-heavy defense. And we all know… the read option against a blitz-heavy defense is like kryptonite to Superman.

For the remainder of this article and my thoughts on “San Franciscan Exceptionalism” click here to finish reading over at SevenEighteen.