The smart money said the Packers and the Saints were the best teams in the NFC. They weren't. They had great stats, some astounding players, the last two Superbowl championships, but they weren't the best teams. The Packers and (still in the playoffs) Patriots are in some ways effete snobs. They expect to win, they undervalue opponents without their steller reputations, and so they are always vulnerable to units that win based on being all-for-one-and-one-for-all and never giving up.
Going into San Francisco we cannot afford to look past or undervalue the 49ers, because they are as hard-nosed and tight-with-each-other a team as we are. Please READ THIS. This isn't going to be like the Falcons or the Pack, not even close. Just as we are not the same team that lost to them in the regular season, they are not the same team that beat us. They are going from strength to strength, they have a real defense, and they have every reason to be as confident as we are.
This is the real Superbowl coming. Barring injuries, bad officiating, or a sudden spate of turnovers, it seems as obvious to me as anything in the last 30 years that the NFC team is going to win the Superbowl in February. But the Niners and the Giants are going to have to go through a valley of death to get there.
Confidence is one thing. Overconfidence is deadly. Let's all please here on BBV not let our jubilation over the smack-down of the Pack lead us to sounding like the cheeseheads at APC before (and even after) their come-uppance at Lambeau.
Focus and realism are the keys. And Team above all.