SANTA CLARA (CBS Sports) — San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner knows the history of Super Bowl losers, and it’s not good. So maybe that’s why he doesn’t buy into it. But it’s not just that Whitner believes the 49ers, the team that lost Super Bowl XLVII, won’t submit to history.

It’s that he insists they can make history of their own.

“We feel like we’re not only the team to beat in this conference, but the whole, entire NFL,” he said after Tuesday’s practice. “We have to go out, prove it and continue to work, but that’s just the way we feel.”

His point is that San Francisco has momentum as well as a deep roster. It went to the conference championship game in 2011 and lost in overtime. Then the 49ers went to Super Bowl XLVII and wound up five yards short of victory. So, it figures the next step is to the head of the class — at least, that’s the way Whitner sees it.

READ MORE from CBS Sports on why Whitner feels the 49ers are the NFL’s best.

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