Are the San Francisco 49ers the Best Team in Football?

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Are the San Francisco 49ers the Best Team in Football?
Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
Jim Harbaugh hopes to lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl

The San Francisco 49ers finished the 2011 season with a regular-season record of 13-3. They were the surprise team of the league and advanced all the way to the NFC championship game. A couple of mistakes on special teams cost the 49ers a trip to the Super Bowl.

I was confident that head coach Jim Harbaugh would turn the team around, but expected it to take two or three years. But the 49ers are well ahead of schedule and are a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

The question is, are the 49ers the best team in football?

The answer is a definite maybe. The reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants are the team to beat until someone dethrones them.

There are three teams that deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the 49ers. The Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Giants are also at the top of the list. In addition, the Steelers, Ravens, Texans, Eagles, Falcons and Lions are in the mix.

I have isolated five key areas where I believe the 49ers are among the NFL's best. In addition, there are two areas of concern, which I will also address.

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