Are the San Francisco 49ers Favorites to Win the Super Bowl?

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Are the San Francisco 49ers Favorites to Win the Super Bowl?
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The San Francisco 49ers' loss to the Minnesota Vikings was unexpected, and few will begin to doubt this team's Super Bowl chances. If so, you are a fool. 

This was purely a let-down game. While the Vikings have shown that they're better than advertised, the Niners should not have to answer questions about their status as an elite team. 

Jim Harbaugh will right the ship. It's one game and nothing more. 

However, doubters will again point to the deficiencies of Alex Smith and the Niners offense, and this is to be expected.

I predicted the Niners to go 12-4, and surprisingly, their first loss came at the hands of quarterback Christian Ponder and Minnesota Vikings. 

Unexpected? Yes. Is this still a championship-caliber team? Absolutely. 

Here are three reasons why. 

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