It's Not About How You Start: Why The 49ers Will Win The NFC West

Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IISeptember 21, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers passes against the New Orleans Saints during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on September 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The 49ers did not expect to start this season with an 0-2 start. First they got beat down by the Seahawks, and then they lost to the Saints last night thanks to a to a game-winning field goal by Garrett Hartley. 

With the 0-2 start, the 49ers are tied last in their division with the Rams

But despite the bad start, the 49ers will still win the NFC west. 

Why? Two Words: Alex Smith 

Smith did have two picks, but other than that, he was as cool as the other side of the pillow, especially on the last 49ers drive, in which he led the 49ers down the field and tied the game. 

Another reason, the 49ers will win their division is because of Frank Gore. If you watched Gore play last night you probably were thinking two things:

1. Does a Snickers bar really satisfy you?

2. What is it like to tackle Frank Gore?

Gore had 168 total yards last night and made every hard look like hard work.  

He did everything he could to help the 49ers try to win that game. He ran the ball, he caught passes, and he blocked real well. Gore was by far the best player on the football field last night. 

Yes, the 49ers did lose. 

But they lost to the New Orleans Saints (A.K.A the defending Super Bowl champions).

The 49ers have the best quarterback, running back, and defense in the NFC West.  

Are they 0-2? Yes. 

But they lost to the defending Super Bowl champions on a last second field goal. If they can rough-up the defending champs while they're still trying to get everything together, how will they be at the end of the season when everything is together? 

The 49ers are an 0-2 team, but their is nothing wrong with going 14-2.