SANTA CLARA -- Justin Smith said Wednesday his left arm is "feeling all right, feeling pretty good" despite playing with a partially torn triceps tendon in the 49ers' two playoff wins.

Smith and his teammates participated in their first practice -- a light, one-hour session — since winning the NFC Championship game Sunday and clinching a berth in the Feb. 3 Super Bowl in New Orleans.

This will be the first Super Bowl that Smith will play in -- or even attend -- in his 12-year career.

"I figured if I ever go, I could go when I was done playing, but I wanted to go as a player," Smith said. "To get that opportunity now is going to be awesome."

Wednesday's tasks also included studying film of their opponent, the Baltimore Ravens, who Smith anticipates will feature a more balanced approach than the pass-happy Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons, who the 49ers defeated in their first two playoff games.

"We realize we have one game left," Smith said. "We made it too far not to seal it off."

Asked why the 49ers' defense has been giving up more yards and points than usual, Smith credited the 49ers' opponents. "Atlanta had weapons all over the field. Green Bay had weapons all over the field. These guys do, too. It's part of it, as long as we come out on top."



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