Over the next week and a half leading up to Super Bowl XLVII, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh’s story will be told a nauseating amount of times. And frankly, it should be. The turnaround he has engineered in two short years to restore a once-proud franchise to all its glory has been nothing short of miraculous.
But in all the Harbowl buzz, it’s easy to overlook the puppeteer behind the scenes: Niners general manager Trent Baalke. Read More
The 49ers will wear their red home jerseys for the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 in New Orleans, according to a report by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. This will mark the fourth time the Niners will wear red in the Super Bowl, doing so previously in 1983, 1988 and 1994 seasons.San Francisco is the designated home team and had the choice of jersey. The AFC and NFC rotate seasons as the home team. Read More
Jim Harbaugh encountered the “sharpest iron” he’s ever faced in the first iteration of the Harbowl on Thanksgiving last year.
The Niners entered the contest with a 9-1 record and an eight-game winning streak. It seemed like the NFL was quickly becoming the younger Harbaugh’s oyster. But John Harbaugh’s defense exposed his little brother’s team that night, limiting the offense to 170 yards and sacking Alex Smith nine times while keeping the Niners out of the red zone for the entire game. Read More
The team of the 1980s is back, at last.
The 49ers, one of the great franchises of the NFL, will finally return to the Super Bowl in search of a record-tying sixth Lombardi Trophy when they face the Baltimore Ravens on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl wins, with six triumphs in eight appearances, and the Dallas Cowboys have five wins in eight, but the Niners are the only team to have appeared in multiple Super Bowls and won each of them. Read More
Frank Gore ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns and the 49ers rebounded from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC championship game Sunday, sending San Francisco to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.
The top-seeded Falcons (14-4) tried to pull out another season-saving drive at the end, but Matt Ryan's fourth-down pass for Roddy White with 1:13 remaining was knocked down by San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman. Read More
In reaching the NFC Championship Game two years running, the 49ers have had to topple two of the best quarterbacks in recent years.
But if San Francisco is to be Super Bowl-bound for the first time in 18 years, they’ll have to down one more today.
“He fits right in with that group, the elite ones,” 49ers defensive end Justin Smith said of Atlanta’s fifth-year quarterback, Matt Ryan. “And he’s playing awesome football right now.”
His teammates agree. Almost. Read More
The big question after 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh made the change from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick seemed to be this: Is anything less than a Super Bowl appearance mean it was the wrong move?
Silly question, really. Too many things go into winning and losing football games at the playoff level, and issues such as Justin Smith’s injury and the kicking woes are no small factors to the negative. And that Frank Gore right now feels like that guy poised to have a monster game to propel the Niners to New Orleans is a huge one to the positive. Read More
Over the past week, the 49ers have gone from a team many so-called experts were predicting to lose in their playoff opener against the Green Bay Packers to the national media’s new darling.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s record-setting day in the 45-31 win in the team’s playoff opener got him on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and his trademark bicep kiss has been dubbed Kaepernicking. The possibility of a Harbaugh Bowl — matching 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh against his brother, John, coach of the Baltimore Ravens — looms for the second straight year. Read More
49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman wants to be a coach one day soon, and he already knows at least one person he’d hire on his staff.
Try running back Frank Gore.
“I always tell Frank, ‘Man, when you’re done playing, come find me or I’ll find you,’” Roman said Thursday. “Because he’s a guy I love working with as a player, and I’m sure I’d love working with as a coach.” Read More
The 49ers are the people’s choice going into Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. As of Thursday morning, they went from 3½- to 5-point favorites in some places, a remarkable spread, considering that the home field is usually figured to be a 3-4 point advantage.
Oddsmakers do not make predictions. They set a line to try to get an even distribution of betting on each team, so this line means the 49ers have nation-wide support. Read More