Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/4/12
The 49ers were a win short of reaching the Super Bowl last season, and Patrick Willis believes they will make it there this season. The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker told our friend Stiletto Jill that it’s San Francisco’s destiny to play in the Super Bowl this season. “The only thing stopping us is ourselves,” Willis told Stiletto Jill during the week. “We have the talent, It’s our destiny to be there. We have the coach. It’s just us in that locker room.” The 49ers won the NFC West with a 13-3 record last season. After getting a first-round bye in the playoffs, they beat the Saints at home before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants. The Niners are 6-2 this season and have lost at Minnesota and at home to the Giants. Though their defense is the top-ranked unit in the league, the 26-3 loss to the Giants proves that they still have a long ways to go in order to reach the big game in February. The Bears and Falcons probably will have a big say about whether San Francisco reaches their destiny. Sorry to break it to you, Willis, but I think one of a few teams are going to keep you from reaching the Super Bowl.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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