The 49ers coach also knows that dramatic finishes are not a problem as long as his team wins.
“Winning’s never an irritant to me,” Harbaugh said a day after the 49ers defeated the Packers 23-20 in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs. “I would think the TV audience would be highly tuned into the 49er games. They don’t turn off their sets when they’re watching the San Francisco 49ers. Must be very entertaining.”
More than 47 million viewers watched the 49ers beat the Packers. It was the most viewers for a Wild Card playoff game in NFL history, too.
San Francisco has been able to produce late-game heroics in many of the team’s recent victories.
Harbaugh is not “comfortable” in those settings where his team is leading or trailing by one possession, but he does like his team’s chances of winning if faced with that type of scenario.
“Comfortable is never a word I would use in football,” the 49ers coach said. “It’s a confusing word to me. There is no comfortable, or comfort. I think our team is very confident that they have the players that are going to make the plays.”
Harbaugh went into detail on all the clutch performances on the roster in the win over the Packers. The 49ers coach believes his team has what it takes towin late in any circumstance. He also knows his players trust each other to get their jobs done.
“So, I think that’s a confidence that our team has. And a kicker that’s going to make the kick. And a holder that’s going to make the hold. Snapper that’s going to make the snap. There’s a good confidence with our football team.”
He forgot to mention a head coach that’s going to inspire his team and put them in position to succeed.
With the win over Green Bay, Harbaugh became the first coach since the NFL merger in 1970 to win 13-or-more games in each of his first three seasons on the job.
The Harbaugh-led 49ers are never intimidated by any challenge. Poor weather conditions, for example, served as a welcomed opportunity for the West Coast team.
“I haven’t found anything that makes you feel more like a man than to go, not only beat your opponent, but you’re beating their crowd, and then, the elements, in a playoff game,” Harbaugh said. “And both teams have to beat the elements. But, in a playoff game, to beat the elements, to beat the opposing team, to beat the opposing crowd, just nothing quite makes you feel like a man like that, that I’ve found.”
In the coldest game of the year, the 49ers drove the ball when they needed to produce the game’s final points. With the game tied at 20, San Francisco put together a 14-play, 65-yard scoring drive that took 5:06 off the clock.
“It’s fun to win on the final drive of the game,” three-time Pro Bowl left tackle
The offensive line cleared the way for
Following Gore’s 20th carry of the game, a 2-yard run, the 49ers used their final timeout and Dawson proceeded to to make a 33-yard field goal to win his first ever playoff appearance.
Clutch is one thing, but the 49ers will need to continue proving themselves in the postseason. They will need to convert their momentum as they head into a Divisional Playoff game in Carolina.
“You’re only as good as your last four quarters of football,” Harbaugh noted. “And your next four quarters will be based on preparation and your approach and then proving it. You got to go prove it.”
More Notes from Monday
-Harbaugh continued his praise of
-Harbaugh stressed the Panthers will see a different 49ers team with Crabtree and a healthy
-Harbaugh offered an amusing take on what it’s like to fly home following a big win. “For me, it’s talk to the players and have some conversations on the plane and then I sit there in my seat and I’ve got the video of the game that I’m watching. And then also, our planes have a TV, so you could watch some of the highlights of the other games and a highlight comes on I want to see, I can press the pause on my video. I’m just sitting there, just me. All I need now is a cup of coffee and just happy as I could possibly be doing those things. And then when I run out of the video to watch, then start watching the Carolina tape and my mood starts to change as we start to land and start focusing on the Carolina Panthers. It’s a happy flight for me. Other people may experience that happy flight in a different way, but that’s how I do it. It’s very nice.”
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