Over the last two weeks, the San Francisco 49ers have been one of the most talked about NFL teams, but it hasn't been for good reasons.
There has reportedly been friction between Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and the rest of the locker room.
The claims were first made by NFL legend Deion Sanders and has since expanded into a back and fourth exchange between him and Harbaugh.
Many 49ers personalities have come out and given their opinions on the matter, most recently the 49ers CEO Jed York.
The rumours emerged when the 49ers were enduring a two game losing steak in which the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals picked up wins over the team from Santa Clara.
The 'crisis' in San Francisco seems to be lessened now after two consecutive home wins over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and even ending the Philadelphia Eagles unbeaten streak in week four.
Despite a two game winning streak, the rumours surrounding the franchise have yet to disappear, so what can they do?
A cross-country lesson
The 49ers made it to the NFC Championship game last year and at times this year have looked nothing like the team from last year.
Another team who made the Championship game last year who have come under a lot of criticism this time around is the New England Patriots.
The Patriots were beaten by the Denver Broncos in last years AFC Championship game on the way to Super Bowl XLVIII.
The Patriots have had their fair share of criticism this season as they have lost to the Miami Dolphins in week one, had a very unflattering win over arguably the NFL's worst team right now, the Oakland Raiders and suffered a crushing defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs in week four.
Over the last week Head Coach Bill Belichick and superstar Quarterback Tom Brady have come under a lot of criticism.
Some claiming that Brady is now washed up, others claiming that this is the end of the Patriots era of domination.
However, Sunday night football this weekend saw the Patriots run riot over the previously unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals, winning it 43-17.
The New England remedy
So how can the Patriots help the 49ers?
Well it has been less than 24 hours since the Patriots emphatic win but in that time, all the worries about their future and doubts over Tom Brady have seemingly disappeared.
In the case of the 49ers, they have won two games and the negativity has not subsided, so perhaps they need what the Patriots got on Sunday night?
An emphatic win that makes the NFL stand up and take notice that they are still the 49ers of last year, they are still the San Francisco team who have reached the last three NFC Championship games, and still the 49ers team to be feared.
They beat both the Chiefs and the Eagles by five points, but I think they need at least a 20 point victory over a highly rated NFL team to get their point across.
Next up for the 49ers is a road trip to the St Louis Rams, arguably they could achieve a big win in that game but would it send a big message throughout the NFL?
I doubt it but the week after they travel to Denver to take on the Broncos and if that isn't the biggest stage they will face this season, who knows what is, perfect time to make a statement?
Only time will tell.
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