7 Reasons the San Francisco 49ers Have the NFC West Locked Up

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7 Reasons the San Francisco 49ers Have the NFC West Locked Up
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The San Francisco 49ers were one of the best stories of the NFL in 2011—the red and gold showed flashes of their old winning ways. 

For years, 49ers fans were disappointed with the 49er's performance and begged for the team to get rid of former No. 1 draft pick, Alex Smith. The exact opposite happened last year; Candlestick Park rocked as hard as the 1989 earthquake all year long. 

The 49ers brought in the Stanford Cardinals' coach Jim Harbaugh and he revitalized quarterback Alex Smith. Smith and Harbaugh were hugging and smacking pads all year and fans couldn't be happier. 

The 49ers went on to win the NFC West with a 13-3 record and made it all the way to the NFC Championship game before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants. San Francisco was a great story, but not a one-hit wonder. The 49ers have the NFC West locked up and are already Super Bowl contenders.

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