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The 2011 Giants were a team of destiny; there is no denying that. However, The San Francisco 49ers came as close as anybody to halting their magical run.
After defeating them in the regular season, the 49ers fought the Giants into an overtime NFC Championship, a game that could have easily gone either way.
While the Giants have mostly remained the same since the Super Bowl, through various departures and acquisitions, the 49ers have kept their all-star defense intact and drastically improved the offense.
Two of those major offensive additions include Brandon Jacobs and Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham.
With the offensive weapons the 49ers plan to put on the field, they clearly intend to return to the NFC title game and this time reach the Super Bowl.
As constructed on paper, the Giants will need a break from San Francisco to ensure a rematch doesn't go the wrong way.
Whether it be Alex Smith falling on his face, failure for new pieces to mesh offensively or a rash of injuries, the entire NFC could use some help against the Niners.
Big Blue are the unquestioned defending champs, but the San Francisco 49ers represent the greatest threat to their power in the entire NFL.