Originally posted by dtg_9er:
It's easy to overstate the importance of a game but winning this game would end any question whether the 9ers are legitimate. And if Smith plays well he will build credibility that even Jamie Dukes won't be able to deny.
If Harbaugh puts another beating on a highly respected team...he is who we hoped he was and even more!
True we've won a few big games already, but none as big as this. This will either shut the haters up or get them going again. All the other wins have been against teams that while at the time probably were picked over us, since then we've figured out they were pretty mediocre...While Tampa was strong last year Freeman hasn't played a clean turnover free game, Eagles have had their high priced meltdown, and Bengals have a rookie QB. They all have their excuses.
However I'm sure if we win there'll be some excuse, someone major on their team will get hurt or they'll find another way to knock our success.