Found December 27, 2012 on thepigskinreport.com:
All season, I have gone back and forth on the Niners. One week, they’ll look unstoppable and I think their run to New Orleans looks inevitable. The next week, they’ll lose to the Rams. One week, they’ll do the unthinkable and knock off New England in Foxboro in December. Only to follow that up with an embarrassing national television loss to Seattle. When Jim Harbaugh took the reins at the beginning of last year, I said that I thought they could be one of the surprise playoff teams in the NFC. However, even that guess didn’t prepare me for what they did in making it within one fumble of a Super Bowl run. But if the goal each season is to make it at least one step further than you did the year before, then anything short of a berth as the NFC champion should be a disappointment for this club. Regardless of what happens, they’ll have to go on the road at some point to get there. With Atlanta and maybe Green Bay (win over Minnesota Sunday) locking up the two first round bye’s in the N...
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