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Three weeks ago, football in the Bay Area was devoid of controversy. 49ers were 6-2, and coming off a bye week, having just destroyed the Arizona Cardinals in a 24-3 victory on Monday Night Football. Alex Smith had a career day in that game, going 18 of 19 with 232 yards and 3 touchdowns. After that convincing divisional road win on national television, Super Bowl rumblings in the Bay Area grew louder.  Last season, the 49ers were just one fumble away from their first Super Bowl appearance in over a decade, and many analysts picked them as the preseason favorite to represent the NFC in 2013.  Boasting one of the best defenses in the NFL, led by a dominating defensive line and linebacking core, the 49ers are consistently able to shut down the run and make opposing offensives one dimensional. The opening question for the 2012-2013 season focused on their offense. To address this concern, GM Jed York brought in a pair of tested receivers, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, to improve the...
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