NFL Fact or Fiction: Patriots Will Face 49ers in Super Bowl XLVI

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NFL Fact or Fiction: Patriots Will Face 49ers in Super Bowl XLVI
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Off to their most impressive start in recent memory, the San Francisco 49ers appear destined for a legitimate title run which would go far to return the storied franchise among the NFL elite.

The elite status quickly escaped the five-time Super Bowl champions following the retirement of the concussion-laden Steve Young and Jerry Rice’s Bay area switch despite a few bright seasons with “serial-underdog” Jeff Garcia at the helm until Terrell Owens finally burst on the scene.

But is this the year that they finally make their long-awaited return to the promised land?

The answer to that question does not depend on whether they can defeat the Super Bowl XLVI favorite, Tom Brady-led New England Patriots but on whether they can overcome the reigning Super Bowl champion—and lone remaining undefeated team of 2011—Green Bay Packers.

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