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Matt Breida says 8-0 49ers only will improve despite undefeated start

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Matt Breida says 8-0 49ers only will improve despite undefeated start

The 49ers don't appear to be sick of reminding the world that they have an 8-0 record. According to running back Matt Breida, the team is just getting started.

"I feel like, each game, we're getting better," Breida said on a recent episode of "Rapsheet and Friends." "We still haven't played our best game yet, and every game, you can pick little things, little details that we can get better on. We still haven't played our best ball yet. I think we'll start playing our best ball toward the end of the year, and hopefully, we can carry that into the postseason."

Despite some history of strong starts resulting in an end-of-season womp, Breida maintains the way the team is working together will benefit it in the long run. 

"I think a lot of guys, especially at this level, they want it to be about themselves," Breida said. "But you see that the teams that are very successful and do great, it's not about you. It's about doing whatever role that you want to do, and it's a team sport. No one guy out there is going to win the game, or no one guy can go out there and win a Super Bowl.

"So I feel like that's what our team's done a great job [of], is buying in as a team," Breida added. "No matter who's out there, no matter if it's a backup or starter, we're all going to play the same way."

Picture this: the current 49ers' squad, but with some of their bigger named players back from injury.

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Kyle Jusczczyk is feeling 100 percent after spraining his MCL in Week 5 and should be back to face the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. Left tackle Joe Staley also plans to return to the lineup after fracturing his fibula on Sept. 15. Finally, right tackle Mike McGlinchey is hopeful he will be on the field come Monday. He missed four games following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

That's not only one heck of a reunion tour, but could be just what the 49ers need to make that Super Bowl dream come to fruition. Or, at the very least, it should make for a very fun ride.

Teams with defenses like 49ers' have great track record in Super Bowl

Teams with defenses like 49ers' have great track record in Super Bowl

The "Defense wins championships" adage didn't arise out of nowhere. It's a tried and true method tested over multiple decades of different eras of the NFL, and one that bodes well for the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV against the Kanas City Chiefs.

San Francisco finished the regular season with the No. 2-ranked defense in the league behind only the New England Patriots. The Niners have been even better on that side of the ball through two playoff contests, where they've held their opponents to nearly 30 fewer total yards per game. That defense will face arguably its toughest test all year long in Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, but based on history, there is reason to believe it will hold up.

As ESPN's Dan Orlovsky discussed on Tuesday morning's episode of "Get Up", teams with a top-two ranked defense have a very good track record in the Super Bowl. In fact, it has usually taken a Hall of Fame quarterback to overcome that defense.

Kansas City ranked fifth in the NFL during the regular season with an average of 28.2 points per game, but it's worth noting that Mahomes missed two games due to injury, and likely wasn't at full strength for several other contests. He appears to be fully healthy now, as the Chiefs have exploded for an average of 43.0 points per game in the playoffs. For comparison, the 49ers rank second among all postseason teams with an average of 32.0 points per game. While those previous top-two ranked defenses have given up an average of 18 points per game in the Super Bowl, it's unlikely San Francisco will be able to limit the Chiefs' high-flying offense to that degree, but even if they can get close, that might be enough to prove victorious.

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As great as the historical track record is for the 49ers, that Hall of Fame QB exception to the rule likely will keep the team from puffing its chest too much before the Big Game. Mahomes is only in his third professional season and second as a starting quarterback, but it sure looks like he'll eventually wind up in Canton.

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:00 p.m. Friday).

Super Bowl 54: Why history is on 49ers' side as underdogs vs. Chiefs

Super Bowl 54: Why history is on 49ers' side as underdogs vs. Chiefs

As the dust settled Sunday and the two teams competing in Super Bowl LIV were revealed, the early odds have the 49ers as one-point underdogs against reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

While that margin shows that the sportsbooks clearly are torn on who they see coming out on top, it does indicate that there’s a slight consensus among bettors that Kansas City is the better team.

But if past records are any indication, the 49ers should embrace the underdog role.

"Let's not forget that in 28 career starts, Jimmy Garoppolo is 23-5," Fox Sports 1's Todd Fuhrman said on Tuesday's episode of "Lock It In." "Let's not discount his abilities and what he can do in this particular stage."

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There’s still plenty of time between now and kickoff at Hard Rock Stadium, so expect the lines to shift over that span.

But it might just be the time to throw down that bet while the odds still are in your favor.

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:00 p.m. Friday).