"The San Francisco 49ers are going to win the Super Bowl because they have a dynamic offense, a great defense and the experience that comes from suffering a heartbreaking defeat in last year's NFC Championship Game.
But that's not all. They're going to win because their coach, Jim Harbaugh, won the biggest gamble of this NFL season. He stunned plenty of people when he replaced starting quarterback Alex Smith with second-year backup Colin Kaepernick shortly after midseason. Now those same skeptics are realizing Harbaugh knew precisely what he was doing.
That move is worth focusing on because this postseason is once again reminding us how much nerve matters in the quest for a championship. A team can have everything on paper. It can have all the necessary regular-season achievements, including the double-digit win total and a locker room filled with Pro Bowlers. But it can't push deep into the playoffs if a coach makes the wrong decision in the toughest situations.