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Maybe it’s because of Reid’s toe, or perhaps it was just McKinnie’s time. Whatever the reason, Baltimore’s offensive front is better than it’s been all season.

McKinnie has played well for them, and it had a domino effect,” San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. “They put Oher at right tackle, who’s playing right tackle better than the guy they had in there. They moved (Osemele) to left guard and he’s playing that position better than the guy they had in there.”

The 33-year-old McKinnie, meanwhile, is feeling the benefit of limited playing time from September through December.

“I’m fresher than anybody else,” he said.

His task in the Super Bowl will be to help neutralize 49ers right tackle Justin Smith, a 12-year veteran playing with a partially torn left triceps.

McKinnie has been a good player in this league for a long time,” Smith said. “I think the run they’ve been on, he’s out there playing real good football. The mix of their offensive line right now is really working for them. They’re playing the best football when they need it.”