The San Francisco 49ers finished the regular season with an 11-4-1 record. They had the 11th-best offense (5,789 yards) and the third-best defense (4,710 yards) in the NFL.
This is the sixth Super Bowl appearance for the 49ers. They’ve won all five of their previous Super Bowl appearances (XXIX, XXIV, XXIII, XIX, XVI).
Dual-threat QB Colin Kaepernick has thrown for 496 yards and three TDs this postseason. He leads all quarterbacks this postseason in pass yards per attempt (9.54). The Nevada product also has 18 rushes for 202 yards, including a record 181 against the Packers in the divisional round. He leads all playoff performers in rush yards per attempt (11.2).
Whatever happened to Alex Smith, who was benched in favor of Colin Kaepernick after suffering a concussion in Week 10? The former first overall pick has thrown exactly one pass since then, a six-yarder in Week 17.
Frank Gore ranks third among running backs with 209 rush yards this postseason. He has scored the most rushing TDs (three) of any playoff rusher, with two of those scores coming in the 49ers’ come-from-behind win against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC title game.
After being drafted with the 10th overall pick in 2009, Michael Crabtree has finally developed into a reliable target. The former Texas Tech product posted his first 1,000-yard regular season and has made 15 catches for 176 yards and two scores in the postseason.
Mario Manningham is on injured reserve with a torn ACL and PCL, but he could still end up getting a Super Bowl ring for the second straight season. The wideout was a key part of the Giants’ Super Bowl win last season, making a 45-yard sideline catch on the team’s eventual winning drive.
Randy Moss has been to the Super Bowl once before — as a member of the 2007 New England Patriots. This time, however, his role is much different. The controversial wideout, who was one of the Patriots’ top threats in '07, rarely sees any passes thrown his way, with only five catches for 71 yards and no touchdowns in the postseason.
Aldon Smith had one of the best regular seasons by an outside linebacker in NFL history, racking up 19.5 sacks. He has been fairly quiet in the postseason, mustering only three tackles and no sacks, but he did force a fumble in the divisional round and recover a fumble in the NFC title game.
The other Smith on the 49ers -- defensive end Justin Smith -- has been battling an injured triceps throughout the playoffs. He has said that he will play through the injury and address the possibility for surgery after the postseason.
The 49ers boast two of the most feared inside linebackers in the NFL with NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis. Bowman made 149 combined tackles during the regular season, while Willis had 120.
The 49ers’ secondary yielded the fourth-fewest passing yards in the NFL (3,203) and the second-fewest yards per pass attempt (5.3) during the regular season.
David Akers, once considered one of the NFL's top kickers, has struggled mightily. He had the second-lowest regular-season field goal percentage at 69 percent. Akers only made two of six field goals from beyond 50 yards and seven of 13 from 40-49 yards out. He is one of two in the postseason.