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49ers Enter 2013 Season with Big Expectations

Reported by : Ross Field
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Updated: 7/31/2013 6:11 pm
For the second consecutive season, the San Francisco 49ers have a score to settle.

Last July, the goal was to get to the Super Bowl after falling short in the NFC Championship game.

Now, the Niners have been back to football's biggest stage, only to lose the Super Bowl to the Ravens.

So what can we expect for an encore this year? Ross Field has the story.

Last season came to a heartbreaking end for the San Francisco 49ers. Five yards was all that separated this team from their 6th Super Bowl. But that was then, and this is now, 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh says they're focused on the future.

"Firm believer that if you have to talk about what you did yesterday, no matter how good it was, then you haven't done much today," said Harbaugh.

When you consider this franchise's success over the past 2 years, they enter today and the entire 2013 season with big expectations. Nothing short of a Super Bowl championship is acceptable, and that's a topic some players don't feel comfortable discussing.

"We don't really feed into the Super Bowl or bust type of comments or anything like that, we're just going to keep working hard," said A.J. Jenkins.

But NFL history suggests the Niners are up against a daunting task, the last team to win the Super Bowl a year after losing in the big game was the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

However, if there's any team capable of breaking that four-decade drought, it's the 49ers. The team has one of game's most exciting young quarterbacks in Colin Kaepernick.

"I'm here to work, I'm here to get better, I'm here to make sure I get ready to lead this team," said Kaepernick.

Although, Kaepernick will have to lead this team without the services of wide reciever michael Crabtree who is out with a torn achilles, but the 49ers newest offensive weapon, wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who came via trade with the Ravens, should help pick up the slack.

When you already have guys like Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, Aldon Smith and Justin Smith, just to name a few, the 49ers are still a really good team and they should contend again for the NFC title.

"We've got the depth to do it, the personnel to do it and we've got the mindset to handle it," said Kyle Williams.

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