In 2012, the 49ers are set to field maybe the best team in the NFL—a team with no weaknesses, offensive firepower and an All-Pro defense. For a team that was nearly in the Super Bowl last year, the 49ers are looking to be that much better this coming season. To suggest that San Francisco will go undefeated is a bold statement for many reasons, but if certain things pan out, it might be possible.
Besides, a team as fundamentally sound as the Niners always has a chance to win a football game. In 2011, they were a 13-3 squad that was only a few total plays away from being undefeated. On top of that, the 49ers staff also made a number of gambles that could yield an astronomical impact if they prove worthy.
Several things would have to work out, but nothing dramatic. The expectation would be that Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke would have to be right about a number of little things. In this piece, we'll examine a number of evolving factors that could lead to the 49ers becoming the league's undisputed dominant powerhouse.
And to cap things off, we will take a close look at the 49ers 2012 regular season schedule. After taking into consideration the potential quantum leap from the 49ers, from great to unstoppable, we'll see if this team can really go undefeated in the upcoming season.