Here’s my other Super Bowl XLVI observation: The Niners would have beaten the Patriots more easily than the Giants did.
Here’s why: First, the defense would have held Brady and the Pats’ offense to fewer than 17 points. They’re better than the Giants defense. They would have shut down BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead, the Patriots running backs, with no more than six players. Then, the Niners could double team both Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez and leave Brady out of options.
On the other side of the ball, the Niners O-line would have protected Alex Smith much more effectively than the Giantso O-line protected Manning, but the Niners’ unit is better and Smith can actually run. The only thing the Patriots defense had going for it last night was an occasional pass rush. The Niners would have neutralized outside linebacker Rob Ninkovich easily.