Last Season: 11-4-1, 3-2-1 division Playoffs: Lost to Baltimore in the Super Bowl Stat Leaders: QB Colin Kaepernick (1,814 YDS, 10 TDS, 3 INTS); RB Frank Gore (1,214 YDS, 8 TDS); WR Michael Crabtree (1,105 YDS, 9 TDS); LB NaVorro Bowman (148 TACKLES, 2.0 SACKS) The Buzz: After replacing starting quarterback Alex Smith in the lineup, Colin Kaepernick enters this season as the clear leader of the offense. With Smith moving on to another team, look for Kaepernick to pass more and stay in the pocket. The team needs Anquan Boldin to help offset the loss of Michael Crabtree, who is out for the year due to injury. Former UCF star defensive end Bruce Miller continues to thrive at his new fullback position, contributing heavily as running back Frank Gore's lead blocker. Luck Factor: A lucky power outage nearly helped the 49ers win a Super Bowl. San Francisco trailed Baltimore 28-6 before the power went out at the SuperDome, then rallied to trim the Ravens' lead to 31-29 once power was restored. Baltimore ultimately won the game Super Bowl, but a bit more good luck could fuel another deep San Francisco playoff run this season.
David Eulitt, MCT