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49ers Begin Super Bowl XLVII Practice

Posted Jan 30, 2013

Metairie, La. – The more things change, the more they stay the same for Jim Harbaugh's football team.

It was business as usual for Harbaugh's team as they hit the practice fields for the first official practice of Super Bowl week.

Making it even more unique, the San Francisco 49ers opened up Super Bowl XLVII practices on Wednesday at the New Orleans Saints training facility. Needless to say, energy was quite high for a team looking to get back to work for Sunday’s matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.

Third-year running back Anthony Dixon, known for his exuberance, took two steps on to the Saints indoor practice field and let out a hearty yell.

“Ohhhh!,” Dixon barked at the top of his lungs. “It’s time to turn up!”

Dixon wasn’t alone in bringing energy to the first Super Bowl practice. Randy Moss, a 15-year veteran, also was one of most boisterous players on the practice field. Moss could be heard from the far sideline encouraging teammates in an uptempo workout.

The pad-less practice looked identical to the ones held at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara, too. Players stretched the same way to open practice, broke off into individual drills and worked on the same fundamentals they’ve been working on all season. Defensive players began with bal-stripping drills, offensive players worked on routes, hand-off drills, and blocking techniques.

“It will be good to get back out there,” Colin Kaepernick said during Wednesday’s morning media availability. “That’s where we need to be in order to get ready for Sunday.”

At the Saints facility, the 49ers have the option to practice indoors or outdoors. They also have a locker room decked out with Super Bowl XLVII imagery.

“A great facility over there,” Jim Harbaugh said prior to the workout. “Saints personnel, coaches, owner, everybody, the staff has been extremely hospitable.”

With two weeks to gameplan for the Ravens, Kaepernick believes the 49ers will be in position to make the extra prep time.

“It gives us another week to really scheme up their defense – get extra looks at what they’re doing,” Kaepernick said. “We’re really trying to detail them out. Any extra time you can get looking at something, the more comfortable you’re going to be with it, and hopefully, the more prepared you are.”

Outside linebackers Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith wore black, non-contact jersey during practice. Earlier in the week, Harbaugh told reporters Brooks would play in the Super Bowl despite missing two days practices last week.

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