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The defense, oddly enough considering Baltimore’s reputation, needs some work. But linebacker Terrell Suggs will be even healthier _ he came back quickly from a torn Achilles tendon _ and top cornerback Lardarius Webb returns from a knee injury.

Just like the 49ers, the Ravens have a tough task in their division. Cincinnati is young, but has made the playoffs the last two years. Pittsburgh never remains dormant for long.

Should these two clubs make it to the first outdoor Super Bowl at a cold-weather site, would Baltimore have the edge because it’s used to such conditions? And because it’s a three-hour drive from MetLife Stadium, will Ravens fans be out in force even more than they were in the Big Easy?

Or would the 49ers’ immense talent base be overwhelming?

Food for thought over the next 11 months.

“We’ve got to look at this as a blessing because we didn’t have to be here, but we made it,” tight end Vernon Davis said. “We’ve always got next year; we’ve got next season. We might as well look forward to next season, keep our hopes high and continue to climb.”

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