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San Francisco 49ers: Back to the Future? 3 Things to Watch (Plus a 4th)
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The 2011 49ers are beginning to resemble Walsh's earliest teams

For San Francisco 49er fans with especially long memories the last three weeks have shaken loose some thick cobwebs.

Successive fourth-quarter comebacks on the road.

An all-phases blowout of a decent opponent at home.

Creativity—honest to goodness, obviously well-conceived creativity—on both sides of the ball.

Sheesh. Are we in the early 2010's? Or the early 1980's?

That, for me, is The Question as we approach Week 6 and a showdown game—yes, you read that right—showdown, this Sunday at Detroit.

Are the 4-1 49ers going to sustain their remarkable start? Or will they return to earth as the schedule stiffens and opponents begin to figure out their tendencies?

Here are four trends to watch.    

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