NEW ORLEANS -- You saw it, you heard it, you couldn't help tuning into every high-frequency moment the 49ers spent in the public eye this past week.
Clear conclusion: The 49ers believe they're the better team, believe they're built for the big moment and absolutely believe they'll beat Baltimore and win the Super Bowl on Sunday.
It's as direct and formidable as that, and I don't think this is a case of hazy wishful thinking or strident franchise overconfidence.
This is the 49ers approaching Super Bowl XLVII like it's a regular work assignment, and they know they've done every bit of preparation necessary.
This game isn't too big for them, and they're the right team for this game.
"It doesn't really feel like the Super Bowl," tight end Vernon Davis said last week. "We've knocked out two playoff (victories); just feels like the next playoff game for us."
It's not any literal thing the 49ers coaches and players have said, either; they didn't predict or brag about anything specific.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said over and over that the Ravens are a great team (led by his brother John, of course), and that the 49ers would have to be at their best.
"If we were to win this game, it would be very well-earned and that would be the great thrill of winning," Harbaugh said. "The wonderful, wonderful feeling of winning."
But Harbaugh also called their final two full practices the 49ers' best during his tenure and it's obvious that a great portion of the team's sense of momentum is tied to Colin Kaepernick's enormous growth spike.
The 49ers don't feel like this is exhausting Game 19 of a long, long season -- this is just the start of things for the Kaepernick Revolution.
If Kaepernick plays like he has the past two games, I don't know if the 49ers can lose to anybody, including the Ravens.
So ... everything points to Kaepernick rising to the moment, the 49ers playing their best on Sunday, and the franchise earning its sixth Lombardi Trophy, possibly by a comfortable margin.
The 49ers are acting like a team that has all the angles covered ... because they do.
"We're a confident football team, and we're definitely going to carry that into Sunday," fullback Bruce Miller said last week.
"We've kind of put the pieces to the puzzle together."
This is clearly a loose and lightning-strike team poised for the biggest leap.
In any objective analysis, the 49ers are more talented, younger and faster than the Ravens; the 49ers have a better offensive line, a better defensive line and better linebackers.
That, of course, guarantees nothing.
The Ravens are a good, tough team with enormous veteran leadership that has gone into Denver and New England and extracted gutty victories in back-to-back playoff games.
Those are big confidence-boosters, too.
And the 49ers have struggled against physical teams this season -- and dominated finesse squads -- and Baltimore is physical.
Baltimore is on one of those hot, dangerous playoff runs after late-season struggles, all very reminiscent of the New York Giants last season.
Plus, the game could go off the rails for the 49ers with one turnover, one more David Akers clank job, one blown coverage, one terrible penalty or a barrage of Ravens defensive mayhem.
But the 49ers already had a lot of that happen to them in these playoffs -- Kaepernick's early interception against Green Bay, the 49ers' 17-0 deficit at Atlanta -- and won those games, anyway.
Yes, the 49ers are due for a near-perfect game, and I think they are set up for it Sunday. And if the 49ers get rolling early, I don't think Baltimore has the firepower to match the 49ers score for score.
For one, the 49ers offense has opened up two or three new dimensions with Kaepernick and the read-option variances. Quick question: Who does Ray Lewis key on -- the QB, Frank Gore, or everybody else or nobody?
(By the way, I have a sneaking suspicion that LaMichael James will have a serious role in this game plan. Just seems like a game-breaking weapon that offensive coordinator Greg Roman and Harbaugh would love to unleash on the big stage.)
And second, the 49ers defense is mostly a given. Quick thought: Baltimore QB Joe Flacco has been red-hot, but can he avoid mistakes -- and sacks -- against the 49ers if he drops back 35 times or more?
"We like the pressure," cornerback Tarell Brown said. "We thrive under pressure. We feel like the defense has to win this game and the best defense will win this game."
And the 49ers -- 5-0 in Super Bowls -- are quite certain that they have the better defense, of course.
When I asked Brown to describe the mood of this team the last few days, his answer was not surprising.
"Confident, loose, excited, anxious, all of the above," Brown said. "I feel like it's a great opportunity here. We're prepared, we're ready."
They are as ready as they're ever going to be; they're confident, they're eager, they're tremendously talented and they're going to win Super Bowl XLVII.
Prediction: 49ers 27, Baltimore 17.