Here we are again. One year later and one game away from a trip to the Super Bowl. The 49ers must prevail Sunday or the world will surely end.
Once again Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh both have their teams one win away from a Super Harbowl, an event that might finally push the Archie Manning clan off the stage and bring the Jack Harbaugh family into the living rooms of America. A solid two weeks of life as a Harbaughling could become nauseous to various segments of this country — oh, say, like the Seattle vicinity. But anything would be better than another round of the legacies of Bill Belicheat and Tom Pretty Boy Brady.
Nobody cares about Atlanta, which makes them somewhat dangerous. Hopefully, not dangerous enough. Being on the road this Sunday might actually be a blessing for the 49ers. They’ll be holed up in a hotel in a city where no one wants them to succeed, concentrating on one and only one thing — winning the game. There’s nothing quite so satisfying for a football team than putting a cork in the mouths of seventy thousand hostile fans on game day.
Last year’s Title Game loss was just one loss. A loss again this year would be moving into the Trend area called Can’t Win The Big One. A little monkey head would pop up like a big zit on the back of the 49er franchise. You don’t want that little runt crawling around on you. Ask Steve Young.
The Falcons just tossed an 0-3 in the playoffs monkey off their own backs by beating Seattle last week. And don’t think that wasn’t a huge relief. It might also have them feeling like their season is a success even if they lose this Sunday. Good thinking, Georgia type people! They won’t feel that way Sunday night when they realize they just blew a trip to the Super Bowl. Just ask last year’s 49ers.
The 49ers should win this game, and for the best and simplest reason of all: they are the better team. They’ve waited an entire year to get that loser taste out of their mouths from last year. And they will succeed.
For us fans, as you can see from the PROGNOSTICATIONS FOR 2012 on the right side bar of this site, just about all Outsiders picked the right amount of wins for this year’s team, with a few more optimistic and a few less. We all expected to be right here in this Super Bowl Or Bust year. We’re one last win from our first trip back to the big game since 1994.