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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Around the NFC West: Road to Superdome

By Mike Sando



Good morning. We'll kick off this Thursday with a video discussion featuring Dan Graziano and me discussing where the San Francisco 49ers stand heading into their divisional-round playoff game against Green Bay.



This one is part of the "Road to the Superdome" series. It runs longer than most of the ones we produce and gives my general feel for the 49ers as the week was progressing.

The 49ers were the NFL's healthiest team this season by at least one measure, but it doesn't feel that way, at least to me. Among the reasons I feel that way:

The 49ers have the shortest injured-reserve list among remaining playoff teams. They are relatively healthy. But because they rely on fewer defensive players than other teams rely upon, the loss of a single key contributor hurts them more. That is especially true in the case of Smith, a dominant player at a position where the team is not overflowing with rotational depth.