The 49ers finished the season 13-3 and are tied for the second-best record in the NFL behind the Packers. They earned the second seed in the NFC playoffs and will have a first-round bye. Their success is one of the biggest surprises in the NFL, but it doesn’t seem to be surprising to running back Frank Gore, who believes his squad is the team to beat.
“I feel that we can play with anybody,” Gore told The Jim Rome Show. “Green Bay, New Orleans they great teams, but we also a great team too. You watch our team, that’s an all-around football team. We probably have the best one in the NFC. Offense, defense, special teams, running the ball, throwing the ball, tackling running backs, defending the ball with DBs … I look at us as a whole team, we have the most complete team.”
Asked if he felt like the 49ers were the team to beat in the NFC, Gore said “I do.”
Most people are still surprised by San Francisco’s success and don’t think they can hang with the Packers or Saints. Even though I don’t think Alex Smith is anywhere near the level of Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers, I do think the 49ers have a chance to emerge from the NFC. They have the best defense in football, and we’ve seen that no team is invincible. Good defense from the Rams and Chiefs shut down both offenses. Why can’t the 49ers?
Gore and his team should maintain their confidence entering the postseason.
Here is the audio clip from Gore: