After coming heartbreakingly close to reaching the Big Game, Vernon Davis believes the Niners will pick up right where they left off -- and then some.
In a Q&A session with the San Jose Mercury News on Tuesday, the All-Pro tight end said he "strongly" feels San Fran will reach the Super Bowl in 2012.
"I strongly believe we should be the Super Bowl favorites," Davis said. "But I can't talk about it because it's all about work. It starts here at practice. I don't want to talk about it and brag and say this and that, because it's not about that. It's about working first. And in the end, you will see where you'll be."
As with any painful experience, the team's 20-17 NFC Conference Championship loss to the eventual world champion Giants only serves as extra motivation for Davis and his teammates.
"It broke my heart that we didn't get it. It really broke my heart," Davis said. "This team is ready. We smelled it, so we know what it's like. There's nothing like...