Road Favorites, But 49ers Vulnerable

Road Favorites, But 49ers Vulnerable

The 49ers are supposed to do this, possibly without breaking a sweat. They are supposed to beat the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Sunday afternoon and move on to the Super Bowl in New Orleans. The oddsmakers say it. The fans can taste it. The commemorative T-shirts are poised for commemoration.

What could possibly go wrong?

Hmmmmm. How much time have you got?

The 49ers have many strengths. It is why they are 41/2-point favorites over the Falcons, making Atlanta the biggest underdog as a No. 1 seed since the current playoff system was implemented in 1978.

But the 49ers are hardly perfect. Their generally pristine complexion still features several worry warts. Here are the five biggest.

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