Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/9/12
The San Francisco 49ers are coming off a 13-win season, but look hungry after being exited by the New York Giants in the NFC championship game. Their season ended after a few crucial fumbles in that NFC Championship which ended with a final score of 20-17. San Francisco has been very active in the offseason acquiring a few key players in free agency (no not Peyton Manning), and also through the Draft. They are as ready as can be for the upcoming 2012 NFL season. This new and improved San Francisco team is absolutely loaded with Pro Bowl caliber players. One of them is not Peyton Manning who San Francisco tried pursuing in free agency, but Manning chose the Denver Broncos. If Peyton Manning did happen to chose San Francisco they would have been the clear cut favorite to win the Super Bowl, but they were unable to pull him in and are stuck with Alex Smith. Smith is a mediocre quarterback at best who had a his best season in 2011. His decent season did lead San Francisco to a 13-3...
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