The San Francisco 49ers now sit as improbable favorites in the NFC. Alex Smith and Patrick Willis, along with a few supporting characters, will lead Jim Harbaugh's Niners to the Super Bowl.
After the New York Giants' surprising upset of the Green Bay Packers, the road to the NFC's bid to the Super Bowl has been re-routed through San Francisco. Somehow, this team that only squeaked out six wins last season is now hosting a conference title game.
Harbaugh deserves a lot of the credit, but don't overlook the efforts of the players on the field.