Super Bowl 2012: 49ers Will Prove That Defense Still Wins Championships

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIJanuary 21, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 04:  Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers talks to his team during their game against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on December 4, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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For years now it has seemed that the NFL was slowly becoming more and more of an offensive league.

Rules are now being geared towards serving the offense. Teams are beginning to spread the field and throw the ball more. Running backs and tight ends are valued more and more each season for their receiving ability.

Defenses are slowly being pushed to the side. To win in the NFL, you need to have an explosive offensive attack.

This season started off with an offensive bang. Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees were lighting up the scoreboards in the opening weeks.

It really appeared that offenses had finally surpassed defenses as the most important part of the team.

However, as the season continued, top tier defenses began to emerge.

Teams like the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers started to emerge as competitors despite lacking high-powered offenses.

There are currently four teams still alive in the race to the Super Bowl.

Two boast high-powered offenses and two boast high-powered defenses.

The San Francisco 49ers are going to prove to the world that defense still wins championships.

All season the 49ers have been looked down upon with their rookie head coach Jim Harbaugh and former first overall draft pick Alex Smith.

Nobody had faith that this team could win big games. They simply lacked the firepower on the offensive side of the ball.

But this team doesn't play the same style of football that we have come to see in today's game. They play old school football.

The 49ers beat teams down in the trenches. They run the ball in power formations and beat teams with play action passes. The defense stuffs the line, hits hard and creates turnovers.

This team wins because of their defensive play.

They have allowed just 14.3 points per game on average this season. They don't need an offense that scores 35 points per game.

This is a team that focuses on playing smart football. They control the clock and capitalize on their opponents mistakes.

Nobody thought they had a chance against the New Orleans Saints. The defense created five turnovers in the stunning win.

Offense may be fun to watch, but the 49ers will prove that defense still wins championships on their road to Super Bowl XLVI.