There were plenty of lofty expectations surrounding the San Francisco 49ers as they headed into the 2012 season.
One season removed from Jim Harbaugh's first year as the 49ers head coach and a surprising run that led them to the NFC championship game, many experts and fans felt that this year would be the season that would finally lead to San Francisco contending for another Super Bowl.
Like any championship team, the 49ers have had their fair share of ups and downs including poor performances against their division rival St. Louis Rams as well as being totally dominated by another division foe, the Seattle Seahawks, in Week 16.
Despite a "Jekyll and Hyde" feeling with this club, San Francisco once again claimed the NFC West Division crown and has secured the No. 2 seed in the NFC, the same position the 49ers were one year ago, where they will face the NFC Wild Card Game winner on January 12th.
Nonetheless, there are multiple concerns with the 49ers as they try once more to recapture playoff success, and those concerns are going to receive very close attention by any potential opponent San Francisco may face in the postseason.