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Phil Simms on "Exciting" Week 3 Storylines

Posted Sep 21, 2013

Phil Simms is intrigued to see Jim Harbaugh game plan against Andrew Luck and predicts a bounce back game for Colin Kaepernick.

Phil Simms understands the unique dynamic that will take place on Sunday - a quarterback going head to head with his former coach.

"If I was going against my old coach, it would be exciting," the two-time Super Bowl Champion said. "I couldn't wait to beat him. There's a certain sense of pride. It's almost like playing your brother in sports, how much you want to beat him. It's going to be fun to watch."

The former New York Giants quarterback will be watching the game from the 49ers broadcast booth, calling the game with Jim Nantz for CBS. The Harbaugh-Luck matchup is one that Simms has been looking forward to, but he doesn't think that will change the way the 49ers head coach approaches the game.

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"I think Jim has a rivalry with whoever they're playing," Simms said. "I love that about him. That's the way he played and that's the way he coaches. It translates well on the field."

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be looking to return to top form after a four-turnover outing against the Seattle Seahawks.

"He's had so few down moments as a pro quarterback," Simms said about San Francisco's third-year signal-caller. "Sometimes you need to go down to really reach the heights. It makes you go back and self evaluate. It makes you pay particular attention to the little things. He's maybe not the most talented quarterback in the NFL, but even if he's not, you can make an argument he is."

With just 60 rushing yards through the first two weeks of the season, Frank Gore will certainly be a key factor as the 49ers look to get back on track. Simms thinks San Francisco will have success with the running game behind an offensive line that is second to none in the NFL.

"If it was an eye test, they would score 100," Simms said about the 49ers offensive line. "They look the part, they can play the part. Running the football in the NFL, it's really hard to do. You have to stay with it. It used to be you run, you have some ugly plays and you wait for the good ones to come. You have to hang in there because the dividends will pay off."

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Simms called Super Bowl XLVII between the 49ers and Baltimore Ravens and knows it is always a tougher task to make it back to the championship game.

"The hardest thing for them is they'll have to throw up an outstanding regular season because of the Seattle Seahawks," Simms said. "There's no secret how good they are. They're going to be battling all year long. The talent's here, they have great continuity, their quarterback is super talented and they can do whatever they want."