Originally written October 17, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The 49ers are 4-2 and widely hailed as one of the best teams in the NFC. Outside the locker room, it might feel more like 2-4, particularly after the Giants blasted them 26-3 on Sunday in a rematch of the NFC Championship game. They have been nothing if not enigmatic with blow out wins over the Bills and Jets and then manhandling at the hands of the Vikings and Giants. The 49ers will see how they fare in their own division with three games stacked up against NFC Western division rivals starting with the Seahawks at home on Thursday night. In their losses, the 49ers played their worst games of the 24-game Jim Harbaugh era, particularly against the Giants, which was supposed to be their time to prove they should have been in last year's Super Bowl. The team should have been highly motivated and instead came out flat. If there's a pattern to the losses, it's that the 49ers lose the battle in the trenches, and then have no capacity to pass their way back in the game...
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