In a cat-and-mouse game, John made the winning move at the end in the battle of Harbaugh brothers on Super Bowl Sunday.
Jim had rolled the dice earlier when he let the clock run down in the final two minutes, as the 49ers tried for the touchdown that would have likely won the game for them because there would be so little time left for the Baltimore Ravens. But a fourth-down pass from Colin Kaepernick sailed beyond the reach of Michael Crabtree. Read More
NEW ORLEANS – John and Jim Harbaugh couldn’t have been dressed any differently during their final pre-Super Bowl appearance Friday, a unique joint news conference. John was decked out in a suit, while Jim wore his usual attire of a 49ers hat and black sweater with a Niners logo on it.
But when it comes down to where the focus should be heading into the pinnacle of the NFL, the coaches couldn’t be more in tune with one another. Read More
“Cannot win with him” is how the infamous rant of one Mike Singletary went in regard to a one-time NFL brat named Vernon Davis.
But that tirade uttered four seasons ago no longer rings true. Because on Jan. 20, the 49ers — playing in their second NFC Championship Game in as many years — won with Davis.
And won spectacularly.
In the seven games prior to the one in the Georgia Dome, Davis had caught as many passes for a cumulative 105 yards, and not one of them in the end zone. That changed in Atlanta against the Falcons. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — When Jed York attended his first football game at age 3, he had already developed an eye for watching the way his uncle ran the 49ers during their glory days.
Nearly three decades later, the Niners are York’s team — and he is trying to build something just as special as the dynasty Eddie DeBartolo Jr. had when the franchise won five Super Bowls in as many tries. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — A day after issuing a statement apologizing for anti-gay comments, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver was still under fire Thursday and was hounded with more questions about the topic when he and the rest of the teammates met with the media.
After feeling the backlash of the remarks, Culliver indicated he was talking in a “joking manner” and that he “treats everyone equal.” The second-year player said he was aware the comments were especially distasteful because he plays in San Francisco, which is home to a large gay population. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — Hall of Famer Jerry Rice has no interest in a back-and-forth debate with Randy Moss during Super Bowl week about who’s the greatest NFL wide receiver of all time.
“This is not about Randy and Jerry,” Rice said Thursday. “It’s OK. I don’t need to talk about being the best receiver. I don’t need to do that. I don’t need to pat myself on the back.”
Rice has a strong opinion on the matter, yet insists he won’t come out and say he is the best ever. The former San Francisco 49ers star turned television man will offer one thought to Moss: Check the stats. Read More
Only two of the 49ers five Super Bowl wins have been close. I think Sunday’s game will be the third and possibly the closest yet as they beat the Baltimore Ravens to tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl wins with six.
This goes against what seems to be the conventional wisdom with most of the online pickers going for the Baltimore Ravens. Steve Young went for the Niners but he has a dog in this fight. The others are going for the Ravens because of their postseason run, upsetting the Denver Broncos in double overtime and the New England Patriots, both on the road. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — Niners cornerback Chris Culliver opposed team policy when he made anti-gay remarks during a Tuesday interview.
Speaking with comedian Artie Lang on Super Bowl Media Day, Culliver said when asked about homosexuals in the NFL, “I don’t do the gay guys, man. I don’t do that. ... No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff.”
Culliver added that gay players wouldn’t be welcomed in the locker room, and that they shouldn’t come out until 10 years after they retire. Read More
Leading up to the Super Bowl, all anyone has wanted to talk about is the Harbaugh brothers — Jim and John coach the 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, respectively. Much has been made of what they have in common and what makes them different.
Asking them about it reveals one thing in common, though that’s not what they might have intended with their answers: They both want to make sure this game is about the players on the field. Read More
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