Originally written October 30, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
GLENDALE, Ariz. There was a cute little storyline making the NFL rounds the past few weeks. The much picked-upon, oft-mocked NFC West had grown a hard-hitting, defensive identity, with four teams ranked among the leagues top nine in total defense heading into the eighth week of the season. Leave it to 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to toss a wet blanket on that hype. I dont know if thats the perception, Harbaugh said dispassionately when asked about the divisions new calling card. No bold statement to make about it. The 49ers had no need for bold statements following Monday nights 24-3 domination of the free-falling Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Their play said plenty. In two games against NFC West opponents Seattle and Arizona, San Francisco hasnt allowed a touchdown and has only surrendered nine points. So lets be blunt here: Its not about the NFC West for the 49ers. They are so clearly the best team in this division that its an insult to suggest any other cl...
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