Three things that need to go right ...

2. GET THE OFFENSIVE LINE TO THE SECOND LEVEL. The <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000057" title="San Francisco 49ers" href="/topic/sports/football/san-francisco-49ers-ORSPT000057.topic">49ers</a> have the top-ranked run defense in football and a big reason for that is they have arguably the game’s best linebacker tandem in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT000009009" title="Patrick Willis" href="/topic/sports/football/patrick-willis-PESPT000009009.topic">Patrick Willis</a> (above middle) and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT0013339" title="NaVorro Bowman" href="/topic/sports/football/navorro-bowman-PESPT0013339.topic">NaVorro Bowman</a> (above right), who are both top 10 in the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000007" title="NFL" href="/topic/sports/football/nfl-ORSPT000007.topic">NFL</a> in tackles. The <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000161" title="Baltimore Ravens" href="/topic/sports/football/baltimore-ravens-ORSPT000161.topic">Ravens</a> have to get a body on both to give <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT0000086232" title="Ray Rice" href="/topic/sports/football/ray-rice-PESPT0000086232.topic">Ray Rice</a> room to operate.

( D. Ross Cameron, MCT / November 13, 2011 )

2. GET THE OFFENSIVE LINE TO THE SECOND LEVEL. The 49ers have the top-ranked run defense in football and a big reason for that is they have arguably the game’s best linebacker tandem in Patrick Willis (above middle) and NaVorro Bowman (above right), who are both top 10 in the NFL in tackles. The Ravens have to get a body on both to give Ray Rice room to operate.

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