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49ers Super Bowl: An analyst gives the Niners the third best chance of winning the Super Bowl this season

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We are entrenched with everything the 49ers do. During Kyle Shanahan’s tenure, it hasn’t been easy to look away from a Niner team that finds a way to make headlines on a weekly basis. But this season, it was for the better.

You can no longer say that Nick Bosa isn’t getting the pub he deserves, as the 49ers edge rusher practically bagged the Defensive Player of the Year award. The offense has been rolling since Christian McCaffrey arrived – no matter who’s at the center.

San Francisco clinched the NFC West with a few weeks left in the regular season and still has a slim chance of taking the top spot. Of course, we’re putting the cart before the horse here, but the 49ers arguably have one of, if not the best shots at lifting the Lombardi Trophy this season.

NFL dot-com’s Adam Schein went through every NFL team and gave the 49ers the third-best chance of winning the Super Bowl this season:

Paint me obsessed with this defense. DeMeco Ryans is a gem, and their unit has real differentiators on all three levels. Nick Bosa is getting most of the attention, and it’s understandable: Having just wrecked another game with seven tackles, four QB hits, two sacks, two tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery in a 37-20 win over Washington, Bosa is approaching Defensive Player of the Year Award. As an Associated Press voter, he is my current pick for the award, with a league-high 17.5 sacks, including 11.5 in the last nine games. San Francisco also has an additional Pro Bowler in the second (Fred Warner) and third (Talanoa Hufanga) tier. And I haven’t even mentioned LB Dre Greenlaw, S Jimmie Ward, CB Charvarius Ward – three all-star caliber playmakers in their own right – or the waves of additional disruptors along Kris Kocurek’s defensive line. This is a true championship defense, which is why the Niners remain squarely in the title chase despite being down to third-string quarterback.

That said, the third-string quarterback deserves a lot of praise; the last pick of the 2022 NFL Draft was anything but irrelevant. Taking over for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo on the second drive of Week 13 against Miami, Brock Purdy deftly guided San Francisco to a 33-17 victory with a pair of touchdown passes. Since then, he’s been to improve, going 3-0 with glowing stats across the board: 70% completions, 6:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, 121.4 passer rating. O 23 year old fresh graduate It sure looks like it belongs, huh? Obviously, Purdy benefits greatly from having an elite player in Kyle Shanahan and a smorgasbord of revolutionary weapons at his disposal. If Deebo Samuel returns with fresh (and healthy) legs for the postseason? Heads up.

You I have to start with the defence. For San Francisco to make a Super Bowl run, they’ll have to defeat some of the league’s best offenses down the road. There’s a plausible scenario where the 49ers’ path consists of Packers/Lions, Vikings, Eagles/Cowboys, and whichever AFC team makes it to the Super Bowl—probably Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen.

Perhaps the craziest part is when you think about how the DeMeco Ryans and the defense have answered the bell over the last month and a half, it’s no exaggeration that they are still the best unit on the field every playoff game.

A rational person would agree that the 49ers’ defense is the driving force behind this season’s success. Look no further than last week against Washington. The attack lived on the Commanders’ side of the field, thanks to the Niners’ defensive turns and stops.

There’s still a good chunk of fans waiting for Brock Purdy to make the dreaded rookie mistake. For him to do what all freshman players do at some point. These moves have already happened. However, the 49ers continue to win despite playing playoff teams along the way.

Purdy’s confidence should only grow during the final two games of the regular season. And once the team gets Deebo Samuel and Elijah Mitchell back, they’ll become more potent.

Do you agree that the 49ers have the best chance of exiting the NFC?