The 49ers are supposed to do this, possibly without breaking a sweat. They are supposed to beat the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Sunday afternoon and move on to the Super Bowl in New Orleans. The oddsmakers say it. The fans can taste it. The commemorative T-shirts are poised for commemoration. What could possibly go wrong? Hmmmmm. How much time have you got?
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