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Jim Harbaugh says 49ers got “short end of the straw” for Thursday

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The best Thanksgiving triple-header in NFL history will unfold in two days, with dessert being perhaps the best of the three courses.

West vs. East, NFC vs. AFC.  For the first time ever, brother vs. brother.

But Jim Harbaugh, coach of the 49ers, says he isn’t feeling “warm and fuzzy” about playing John Harbaugh’s Ravens.  Instead, Jim apparently is feeling a little nauseous.

“There’s no question that we drew the short end of the straw on this one,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Kawahara of the Sacramento Bee.

“We’re going against a team that is in our opinion the best team that we’ve played this season, maybe the best team that we play all season, the best defense without question,” Harbaugh said.  “A lot of things to overcome this week.”

It’s not yet excuse-making (indeed, the Niners may not need to make any excuses come Friday).  More importantly, Jim Harbaugh has a point.  Though the NFL has done a good job of ensuring that teams playing on the road with four days between games are playing at home in the first game (thereby eliminating a second travel obligation), there’s still a disadvantage, if the home team for the Thursday game also had a home game on the prior Sunday.  Because Baltimore hosted Cincinnati this past weekend, John Harbaugh will be able to get the Ravens ready without traveling at all.

The better approach would have been to send the Ravens to Seattle not in Week 10, but in Week 11.  Then, both the 49ers and the Ravens would have had to factor a cross-country flight into the 96 hours or so that they have to get ready for what could be one of the most meaningful games of the regular season.

An even better approach this year, given the manner in which the lockout screwed up the bye week scheduling, would have been to give all six teams set to play on Thanksgiving a bye in Week 11.

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  1. cannonballdookie says: Nov 22, 2011 1:54 PM

    Nitpicking much, just play the game!

  2. glac1 says: Nov 22, 2011 1:56 PM

    I’m so sick of all this complaining from an over rated football team.

  3. sommerday says: Nov 22, 2011 1:57 PM

    I want to see if Jim “slap-shoves” his brother John after their game.

  4. rcali says: Nov 22, 2011 1:58 PM

    Fire up the Wahhhhhmbulance.

  5. mgscott says: Nov 22, 2011 2:00 PM

    cry me a river

  6. jamaltimore says: Nov 22, 2011 2:00 PM

    The fact that you play in the NFC West is the biggest advantage to your 9-1 record. What’s he crying about I thought nobody had it better than him ?

  7. irishjugalo says: Nov 22, 2011 2:00 PM

    Wah, friggen wah. Put your big boy pants on, Jim.

  8. rhardy1206rhardy1206 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:01 PM

    Well we know which brother wins the crybaby battle.

  9. dstep24 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:01 PM

    Well, then, if you’re as good as you and your celestially-minded fan base think you are, go beat the Ravens.

  10. imopen7 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:02 PM

    “We’re going against a team that is in our opinion the best team that we’ve played this season, maybe the best team that we play all season, the best defense without question,” Harbaugh said. “A lot of things to overcome this week.”

    Hhhhhmmm. I thought they were playing the baltimorons, not the Steelers? tired of the har-bags….ruining my thanksgivin.

  11. NakedCowboy! says: Nov 22, 2011 2:02 PM

    This game might end in a baseball kind of score… ravens wont be able to run the ball on 9ers…

    we might see defenses outscore the offenses here…

  12. mwhaley73 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:04 PM

    Dallas played at Wash, DC this past week. ALl other teams were home.

    It won’t matter about a bye before Thanksgiving., the people will piss and moan about a bye followed by a mini bye.

    Play football

  13. dstep24 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:05 PM

    I wouldn’t be whining about a 6-10 schedule that has patty-caked you all the way to 9-1 at this point. Time to put your money where your mouth is.

  14. bcgreg says: Nov 22, 2011 2:07 PM

    A-WAH! WAH! WAAAAHHHHHH!

    Play the schedule and stop complaining. Losers complain. Complainers lose. I’ll take the Ravens in this one.

  15. eltex says: Nov 22, 2011 2:08 PM

    I get paid millions of dollars to play a game, and I’m really upset because I will have to take a 4hr plane trip. Will someone console me please?

  16. lottsmissingfinger says: Nov 22, 2011 2:08 PM

    You are writing about the NFL, right. Your BYE week idea is good common sense, therefore the NFL would never even consider it.

  17. holeinone09 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:08 PM

    Is that all that anybody named Harbaugh does, is whine and complain? It really runs in that family. Grow up already.

  18. skinsrock says: Nov 22, 2011 2:08 PM

    I haven’t read about it, but since I haven’t… I’m guessing they went home after the St. Louis game?? … They should of immediately traveled to Baltimore to prepare for this week with a partial gameplan in place… Found a good place to run practice, even if it was in a hotel… I doubt you want any contact only 4 days between games… These guys are professional… They could of gotten on the field early Thursday morning to work out the timing issues & run some plays.

  19. sutchar44 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:08 PM

    Coach Harbaugh is a beast. Both of them! This is going to be a battle of two teams that want to play the same “brand” of football. I’ll take the under in this one, no disrespect to either offense or QB. Which sideline does coach Jack Harbaugh stand on!?

  20. telergy says: Nov 22, 2011 2:09 PM

    Yes, Harbaugh is this humble in real life.

  21. skinsrock says: Nov 22, 2011 2:09 PM

    I apologize, I was looking at the schedule wrong… They played AZ at home.

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 22, 2011 2:10 PM

    Can you imagine the amount of tattle-tailing, crying and whining that went on in the Harbaugh house as kids. Nice work Mother Harbaugh.

  23. reed380 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:11 PM

    Already making excuses = sign of weakness.

  24. knowerofallthings says: Nov 22, 2011 2:12 PM

    Did you see what the Jets had to do last week? Didn’t hear them whine. Shut up and go take your beating

  25. ronaldmexico says: Nov 22, 2011 2:12 PM

    Who’s got it better than us?

    Jim Harbaugh: “The Ravens.”

  26. thelongestgoodbye says: Nov 22, 2011 2:12 PM

    Honestly, it sucks for any team that has to travel for a Thursday game…..

  27. Tre says: Nov 22, 2011 2:12 PM

    I follow the 49ers all day, every day. This is just another “we’re the under-dog” tactic Jim is using to keep the team hungry, playing with an edge. He’s done it all year and he won’t stop anytime soon. He’ll find a reason to have a chip on their shoulder and, can you blame him?

    At what point wont the 49ers be overrated, by the way? Do they have to beat Green Bay in the NFC Championship game AND win the Super Bowl?

    Honestly I don’t care. Nothing we’ve done all year guarantees us any future wins, and we know that. We’ll just keep going out week after week and playing hard.

  28. starfan79 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:13 PM

    does Jim win at everything? Is this like a little brother complex?

  29. Tre says: Nov 22, 2011 2:14 PM

    “The fact that you play in the NFC West is the biggest advantage to your 9-1 record. What’s he crying about I thought nobody had it better than him ?”

    49ers have only played 2 games in the NFCW thus-far. Try to have more intelligent arguments next time.

  30. skeebo80 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:16 PM

    All these niners haters on here

  31. getadealdonealready says: Nov 22, 2011 2:16 PM

    Boo freaking hoo, the straw you drew for weakest division in the history of the NFL is a pretty good one! There’s no crying in football, if you are good there are no short straws

  32. winstonhussein says: Nov 22, 2011 2:16 PM

    Come play in a decent division where you play talent like that every other week.
    The rest of the season you play nobody and complain the one week you have to play a moderately above average opponent? Wuss…

  33. dmartin17 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:17 PM

    These thursday games really need to go. It’s too soon of a turnaround for these teams and it’s ridiculous and a made for TV change.

    Play a friday game if you want to expand, or move up the saturday games if you must. Just drop thursday all together.

    Hell even tuesday would be better idea than thursday.

  34. packhawk04 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:17 PM

    Well, similar to the packers having to play 3 games in 11 days. They have a valid complaint, too. Oh wait, theyre not complaining. Must be lonely at the kids table for jim.

  35. craigjosh says: Nov 22, 2011 2:19 PM

    I haven’t been this pumped for Thanksgiving in a long time. I am currently trying to find a mini fridge and a Catheter so I don’t have to move all day. I guess I will also need to duct tape my wifes mouth for this to work out. Hmmmmm.

  36. lapsncaps says: Nov 22, 2011 2:19 PM

    San Fran played in DC Nov 6th, why not have both those games back to back! Both games would have been at 1 and little travel for a west coast team on short rest. Teams do it all the time when they go to the other coast for back to back games.

  37. okldrdrs2111 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:20 PM

    Its like they lost already

  38. North American Bowl says: Nov 22, 2011 2:20 PM

    I’m so sick of all this complaining from an over rated football team.

    **********************

    Great comment.

    The NFC Worst.

    This team can win all they want, when the time comes to go to Lambeau in January, reality will set in.

  39. henrykissingerisgod says: Nov 22, 2011 2:20 PM

    Most meaningfulgame???? I’m pretty sure the raven games against the browns and niners games against the rams are more meaningful than a non conference game

  40. thekiy says: Nov 22, 2011 2:22 PM

    As a Lions fan, allow me to disagree.

    You get the hold and cold Ravens, we get the unbeaten Packers.

  41. jessejames13 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:25 PM

    boo hoo…

  42. goodluckking says: Nov 22, 2011 2:25 PM

    You should take a look at the historical numbers on the Cowboys being at home the week before Thanskgiving and the Lions being at home the week before Thanskgiving. It’s hilarious.

    I don’t have the exact numbers handy but the Cowboys are at home the week before about80-90 % of the time. The Lions have been on the road the week before Thanksgiving about 80% of the time.

  43. nfloracle says: Nov 22, 2011 2:25 PM

    I think Jim’s setting John up myself. Going to be a fun game to watch regardless of what’s going on with the head games taking place now… which are also fun to watch. If you grew up with a super competitive brother, like I did, you’re really enjoying the undercurrents between these two siblings. Hey, who has it better than us PFT junkies?

  44. jhumbe says: Nov 22, 2011 2:26 PM

    You play in the worst division in football. Shut up and play.

  45. melikefootball says: Nov 22, 2011 2:26 PM

    Now the other Hairbaugh brother will give his 2 cents. This game could last for 8 hours as much as these two coaches whine.

  46. 9erfan818 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:26 PM

    Jamalaltimore:… Your just a hater… Yes Niners play in a weak division … They’ve only played 2 games so far against it… 2-0 … The Niners r 2-0 against the sorry ass overrated afc north too. So what’s your point ???? How do u explain the Niners 7-1 record against the rest of the nfl ? Oh and that sorry weak nfc west has handed one of Baltimore. Maybe Baltimore is over rated . How do u explain losses to Tennessee, Jacksonville, and Seattle.

  47. goldrush36 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:27 PM

    glac1 says: Nov 22, 2011 1:56 PM

    I’m so sick of all this complaining from an over rated football team.

    That’s pretty interesting considering the ones usually complaining are the teams they beat. He brought up a valid point, and that’s about it. It’s not like he’s running around the league weekly like Morris going “this is totally unfair, we suck because of the schedule” or ” We suck because of the labor deal” Oh and Jamaltimore, you guys have played more games against the the NFC West than the 49ers have to this point. You lucked out to narrowly beat AZ and Seattle drummed on you so right now you are looking just a little foolish now aren’t you?

  48. steeltuff says: Nov 22, 2011 2:27 PM

    It’s just a smokescreen. Jim knows he’ll beat his big brother on the road. His defense will make Flacco look very ordinary (which he is anyway).

  49. badmude says: Nov 22, 2011 2:27 PM

    The 49er have one of the softest strength of schedules in all the league, in the softest division in the NFL, and he whines about playing on a short week? Jim H. get over yourself and your over-rated, team.

  50. steelersownyou says: Nov 22, 2011 2:28 PM

    My god. I saw their dad & mom in an interview…Now I understand where all the crying & whining comes from! people like harbaughs or the ryan’s would never be permitted to coach the steelers!

  51. dirtyjersey9er says: Nov 22, 2011 2:29 PM

    @jamaltimore

    For the millionth time the 49ers have played 2 games in the NFC West. So they are 7-1 outside the NFC West. Maybe some people should do research before making statements.

  52. novarito24 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:30 PM

    Where is the love? Cut the were in a weak division crap out, we have only played two divisional games and are 7-1 vs the. World not to mentioned 4-0 on the road “Who’s Got It Better then us?”

  53. dgstan says: Nov 22, 2011 2:31 PM

    Things don’t look too good when you’re already making excuses two days before you even play.

  54. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Nov 22, 2011 2:32 PM

    Well if you lose you can always take it out on St Louis next week.

  55. rmc1995 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:33 PM

    The niners are just coming off of three home games in four weeks after a bye week and they are complaining about the schedule? It’s not a 1:00 game like the Rams had to deal with on Thanksgiving. They can make up the flight time with the prime time start.

  56. txtuff says: Nov 22, 2011 2:33 PM

    How many freaking NFL teams would love to have this game? Stop being a cry baby and be happy you have a prime time game at home!! Damn!

  57. rando74 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:34 PM

    Is Jim gonna tattle to Mommy on John now?

  58. steelerchicken says: Nov 22, 2011 2:35 PM

    Life is not fair! Go destroy the dirty birds

  59. 85davis85 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:35 PM

    jamaltimore says:
    Nov 22, 2011 2:00 PM
    The fact that you play in the NFC West is the biggest advantage to your 9-1 record. What’s he crying about I thought nobody had it better than him ?

    Advantage??? Before you comment with that stupid
    stupid excuse do your research, we’ve played 2 division games up to this point.

  60. dowhatifeellike says: Nov 22, 2011 2:35 PM

    I want to see the Niners lose because I want Jim to get mad and try to fight John.

  61. 85davis85 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:36 PM

    jamaltimore says:
    Nov 22, 2011 2:00 PM
    The fact that you play in the NFC West is the biggest advantage to your 9-1 record. What’s he crying about I thought nobody had it better than him ?

    Advantage??? Before you comment with that stupid
    excuse do your research, we’ve played 2 division games up to this point.

  62. tjodc10 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:36 PM

    making excuses before the game is even played!

  63. wetpaperbag3 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:37 PM

    Jim is doing nothing but trying to create an underdog scenario for his team; a sort of “Us against the NFL” type of motivation. Believe me…Harbaugh cares NOTHING about a travel day. His team is the second best team in the NFC (9-1) and is 5 games ahead in it’s own division.

    This is just a motivation tactic similar to what he did earlier in the season by saying that no one gives them any credit or shows them on highlight reels.

  64. Nevis says: Nov 22, 2011 2:37 PM

    “glac1 says:
    Nov 22, 2011 1:56 PM
    I’m so sick of all this complaining from an over rated football team.”

    What complaining? Oh that’s right, you made that up.

  65. herkulease says: Nov 22, 2011 2:38 PM

    jamaltimore says: Nov 22, 2011 2:00 PM

    The fact that you play in the NFC West is the biggest advantage to your 9-1 record. What’s he crying about I thought nobody had it better than him ?

    —————————————————-
    Ravens fan I presume?

    Seriously. Look at the schedule. the niners have played a whopping 2 division games.

    In fact its the Ravens who had the benefit of playing the NFC west. They’ve already played 3 games and other than facing the rams they’ve hardly looked that great.

    Barely beat a crap Cardinals team that choked away a 18 point half time lead and loss to the Seahawks.

  66. sonoco says: Nov 22, 2011 2:39 PM

    Go ahead and pile on haters, but the fact is that Harbaugh is using the short week plus 3000 mile plane ride as as an “Us against the world” team rally cry as opposed to a built-in excuse.

    What the NFL should have done is schedule the 49ers game at Washington last week and they just could have stayed in the eastern time zone like they did between Cincy and Philly. But that obviously made too much sense. By the end of the year the 49ers will have traveled about 27,000 miles which is twice the mileage of the majority of the NFL.

  67. drumnw says: Nov 22, 2011 2:39 PM

    i always thought the saying was short end of the stick….

  68. jeepin08 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:39 PM

    Wait until Friday before complaining. Just play the cards you have been dealt. It’s no dought the 9’rs have the record they have do to such a poor division they play in. Now, they have to play a team in the upper echelon.
    Buckle up your chin strap and get ready for a hard faught, tough battle in the Ravens yard. Fans spending all day tailgating should make for an interesting home field advantage.

  69. dyna5ty says: Nov 22, 2011 2:40 PM

    jamaltimore says:
    Nov 22, 2011 2:00 PM
    The fact that you play in the NFC West is the biggest advantage to your 9-1 record. What’s he crying about I thought nobody had it better than him ?

    For whoever says anything about the 9ers and playing in the NFC west and being 9-1. They have only played Seattle. That’s the only divisional game they have played all year. Not overrated. Maybe if they end up with a record of 14-2 than you can say there record is 14-2 because of the division they play in. Right now they are 9-1 and have played NFC east teams and NFC north teams. As far as the whole traveling thing ya it sucks and they did get the short end of that stick but at the end of the day play the game.

  70. test2402 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:41 PM

    Sir Tebow.

  71. sterilizecromartie says: Nov 22, 2011 2:41 PM

    I know there are numbers out there backing it up and all, but does anyone else besides me think this coast-to-coast travel thing has always been blown way out of proportion??

    I mean, god forbid, you have to get on a plane and fly first class for 5-6 hours before checking into your first-class hotel suite. Should it really take that much of a toll on these players???

  72. eyesofdisarray says: Nov 22, 2011 2:42 PM

    Awwww Poor Jimmy. Do you need a nice pat on the back?

  73. jaggedmark says: Nov 22, 2011 2:43 PM

    Colin Cowherd doesn’t agree with Jim Harbaugh about the Ravens.

    Just this morning Cowherd said the Ravens are the 10th best team in the NFL.

  74. jvibottomline says: Nov 22, 2011 2:43 PM

    The 49ers are the BEST TEAM IN FOOTBALL BOTTOMLINE and will finish 15-1

  75. bluepike says: Nov 22, 2011 2:45 PM

    If the 49ers ever start “goin’ south” and begin any kind of a losing streak – everyone should be prepared to witness one of the biggest whining crybabies of all time – Jim Harbaugh. He can dish it out but he can’t take it. It might be some time for this to happen though – they are playing very good football. Just be prepared is all.

  76. lelabear47 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:45 PM

    @jamaltimore ,,,,,

    That would make sense to an uneducated football fan. But the fact the 49ers have only played 2 games thus far vs nfcwest while the ravens have played 3 thus far verse the nfc west makes u well,, uneducated!

  77. ebayj says: Nov 22, 2011 2:45 PM

    SF has played 2 of 10 games against the NFC West. Jim’s just providing the spark that good coaches provide on a short week. Should be a great game. CMON LIONS …do your job Thursday.

    NFC Championship at The Stick…..priceless!

  78. futureDr.Distel says: Nov 22, 2011 2:46 PM

    Enough with the NFC West excuse. Out of the Niners first ten games, only two games, I repeat TWO games have been against teams in the NFC West. Eliminate those two games and they’re 7-1 outside of their division, with four of those wins coming on the road. Totally overrated right? (sarcasm). Thursday is gonna be a helluva game and I can’t wait to see the look on John Harbaugh’s face when he gets beat by his own brother in Baltimore despite the Niners having to make the cross-country trip on a short time table.

  79. megatronownsyou says: Nov 22, 2011 2:49 PM

    Yeah you’re right Jim. We all feel real bad for you. I mean you’re such a classy, nice guy and all…I would say playing the Packers would be “the short end of the straw” but that’s just me. It’s “stick” by the way.

  80. sf49erguy says: Nov 22, 2011 2:52 PM

    Haha… Love the haters… it’s been too long…

  81. weepingjebus says: Nov 22, 2011 2:52 PM

    Until we invent teleporters, one team will always have to travel farther than the other. Besides, he’s not complaining, he’s complimenting the Ravens. Not much to see here.

  82. trollhammer20 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:53 PM

    You’re right, it’s not making excuses, but it is laying the groundwork for excuses if they wind up taking an “L”.

    Pretty much a must-win game, or Harbaugh may be whining about a trip to Lambeau when it’s 15 below in a couple of months.

  83. rlca says: Nov 22, 2011 2:55 PM

    This is the same guy who said a reporter’s question offended his “football sensibilities”, whatever the those are. God I’m getting sick of him.

  84. nbcruinedpft says: Nov 22, 2011 2:58 PM

    “Who’s got it better than us…?!?!

    …EVERBODY!”

    Just doesn’t have the same feel to it, does it?

  85. goldrush36 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:58 PM

    Funny how so many fans of the 6-4 raiders with pick 6 Palmer can come in running their mouths. Just because San Diego had an implosion. Hey didn’t KC hand a good one to you this season too? It’s gonna be so funny when can’t throw Tebow and his Donkeys steal first place right out from under your noses and once again you are sitting at home in January while Hue cries about profiling and targeting the faiders weekly for those god awful unfair penalties

  86. 49erfanatic says: Nov 22, 2011 3:15 PM

    Maybe all of you Niner Haters need get your facts straight,and do a more thorough research before you post theese IGNORANT comments. First of all the 49ers are 7-1 outside of the division with an overall record of 9-1. They cant control that the NFC West isn’t the strongest division. Secondally Jim Harbaugh has a point, doesn’t sound like he is crying at all. If I was a Ravens fan,I would be crying that I lost to the Jaguars, Seahawks,and Titans clearly 3 teams the Ravens should have Beaten. So instead of calling the 49ers overrated maybe you should think to yourself that the Ravens may not be as good as thought they were.

  87. nauhurdler says: Nov 22, 2011 3:15 PM

    Stop making excuses and just play the game

  88. descendency says: Nov 22, 2011 3:16 PM

    When it said “Harbaugh said” I had to look back and remember which one lol.

  89. discosucs2005 says: Nov 22, 2011 3:18 PM

    So is everyone going to say “I told you so” of the 49ers don’t win the Super Bowl? The excitement among Niner fans isn’t about this year as much as its about having a stable coach for years to come.

    Anyone who mentions an easy schedule clearly can’t read. Even if we had played all 6 of our division games (ad we’ve only played 2), 9-1 is still an impressive record. We have a tough schedule than the Packers going by wins (and not factoring west going east road games). Does that mean we are better than the Packers? If you don’t think so than you clearly aren’t too concerned with strength of schedule.

    And finally, playing in Wisconsin, in January at the end of the year, if we are lucky enough to get that far, isn’t the end of the world. I’d rather play in SF of course, but if we have to play on the road, at least I can hope for a blizzard to disrupt the passing game.

  90. corvusrex96 says: Nov 22, 2011 3:19 PM

    Geez and I thought John Harbaugh complained a lot ………….fine Jim if you don’t like it perhaps forfeit then you don’t have to deal with the travel issues.

    Note to NFL so long as Jim Harbaugh is the coach don’t schedule the 49ers for any nationally televised Monday, Thursday, or Sunday night games.

    See everyone is happy

  91. marcsasharc says: Nov 22, 2011 3:29 PM

    haha look at all the haters, jumping at the chance to nitpick on Jim Harbaugh. the 9ers have to go across the country after a home game to play 4 days later. that gives them essentially 1 1/2 practices.

    its the first time a west coast team has had to do this. the league also rejected the 9ers request to play 2 east coast games(including this one) back to back so the team could stay on the east coast. the league declined. why?

    regardlessm at 9-1 i cant complain. it should be a good game and i think SF can pull out a nail biter.

  92. ike1973 says: Nov 22, 2011 3:30 PM

    9’ers in 2011 playoffs = one and done

  93. 49erfanatic says: Nov 22, 2011 3:34 PM

    All im reading is how weak the NFC West is,The AFC North is no Powerhouse by any means. The Browns suck, the Bengals are coming back to earth with a ROOKIE QB,and the Steelers are not as good as they once were. Their Defense is geeting old just like the Ravens defense is getting OLD.

  94. jasncondit says: Nov 22, 2011 3:35 PM

    Ya Jim you drew the short straw. You get a Ray Lewis less Ravens and we get the defending champs…lol I am rooting for the Ravens in that game! And the Lions will hand the Packers their first loss. Their last loss was to us in Detroit and it is coming again. What I hope doesn’t happen is Suh or Fairley does something stupid to Rogers to make him miss the rest of the Season. Not how I want to win games!

  95. snarkzilla says: Nov 22, 2011 3:42 PM

    The “short end of the straw”? Sounds like Harbaugh got up on the wrong side of the refrigerator today. Poor baby.

  96. apollosworld916 says: Nov 22, 2011 3:53 PM

    I have faith in my 49ers to pull out the “W”. No excuses here. With all thing being ALMOST equal, the Ravens also have a short week. It’s also an evening game which is 2pm Pacific Time. The travel and all the preparation to travel is a major factor that no one can discount. However with that being said, will any of you that says the 49ers have been blessed with an easy schedule at a minimum give the 49ers some credit with a win over the Ravens? Don’t hate….give credit where credit is due.

  97. cuda1234 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:10 PM

    And of course, many of us will not get to see it because its on the NFL network and my cable company doesn’t carry it. Great job, NFL keeping us from watching these Thursday night games!

  98. ninerfan4949 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:10 PM

    This is going to be a great game! I am amazed how many people are bashing on the Niners here. The arguments they post are lame and also repetitive, but….unless they are a Packers fan, they are probably very jealous of our season and its progress. Maybe they see that their team has no chance against the Niners so they must hate on them somehow. I must still say I am surprised at what the Niners are doing, but I wouldnt call them over rated. They are what their record says they are…A great team!

  99. novarito24 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:10 PM

    Where is the love? Cut the were in a weak division crap out, we have only played two divisional games and are 7-1 vs the. World not to mentioned 4-0 on the road “Who’s Got It Better then us?”

  100. briank1ne says: Nov 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    Wow what a bunch of haters in here…first off the niners have only played 2 division gamea thusfar this season. I always have to clear that up because theres always some ignorant fool that claims thats why our record is good.

    SECONDLY: all this hating can only mean one thing. The niners are a threat to the league once again!!! Keep on sippin on that haterade boys!!!!!

  101. P_Willy says: Nov 22, 2011 4:14 PM

    AFC West is the worst division, also could make a case that the AFC South and AFC East are showing who they are too outside of New England.

    People who have nothing to root for of their own will always try to take something away from those who’ve got something special. You can’t de-value what the niners have done. You can make all the claims about the division and be blind to the greater facts of what’s made this team really special, and successful in such a short frame of time.

    As for me, i think this season has been one of the better stories for a once dominant franchise emerging from the basement, back to some prominence. This team is for real, and plays with passion, and heart. Anyone who can’t see that is just blind to the facts. Make the excuses or try to bring them down to your low level, but again – nothing’s going to change how great we’ve played after 10 games without reaching our full potential.

    Trust me, the doubters are the one’s who’ve got that negative vibe about themselves. The faithful fans who stuck through for all these years couldn’t care less. Let the play continue to improve, and let the wins keep coming. Feels great to watch quality 49er football again.

    To the negative folks – don’t worry. Believe in something. And maybe you’ll be as happy as i am about whatever team that you support.

    This game should be a classic, for those who like defense.

  102. genericscreenname says: Nov 22, 2011 4:21 PM

    Thursday Night Football games are bad for the integrity of the game and hurt the quality of the play. Outside of the two traditional Thanksgiving day games featuring Dallas and Detroit, I think they should be eliminated.

  103. staffordsyear says: Nov 22, 2011 4:33 PM

    Welcome to the nfl jim.

  104. jmat40 says: Nov 22, 2011 5:03 PM

    The Harbaugh brothers are real good coaches and really big time whiners.

  105. klunge says: Nov 22, 2011 5:04 PM

    skeebo80 says:
    Nov 22, 2011 2:16 PM
    All these niners haters on here
    ———————————————-

    As a Lions fan I still respect the Niners as a team, they are playing well, it’s good old school football. It’s the arrogant & obnoxious fans that are ruining the image and making it hard to root for them. I know it’s not all of you, but man there sure are alot of them on here.

  106. greatestryan says: Nov 22, 2011 5:05 PM

    You know that you’re relevant again when the haters start to hate. But you haters seem to be pretty dumb here. Harbaugh responds to a direct question “Do you think the NFL has put you in a disadvantage because of the Harbaugh vs Harbaugh idea on Thanksgiving?” Try to answer that question without saying what he said. Is a team at a disadvantage if they have a shortened week and have to travel cross country? Then Jim Harbaugh answers the question, “I think it was considerate of the NFL to reunite the brothers on Thanksgiving. I think it’s going to be very difficult for our team, and there’s no question that we drew the short end of the straw on this one.”

    Earlier in the week, Harbaugh, along with others on the team, said they were looking forward to playing this game on Thanksgiving. Harbaugh wasn’t complaining, he was simply saying that when the NFL created this game with Harbaugh v Harbaugh in mind, one team was going to have to travel on short rest, and that team was the Niners. This yields drawing “the short end of the straw.”

    And for the idiots still want to point at the Niner’s easy division, how long are you going to ignore the facts? SF has played just 2 divisional games while earning 7 wins outside the division. SF has played just as many AFC North teams as they’ve played NFC West games and twice as many NFC East games. Hell, the Ravens have played more NFC West games than the Niners have. And, oh yeah, they lost one of them while needing to make a 4th quarter comeback in the other.

    Who’s dumber? You for the ridiculous comments on this board or me for thinking I can educate you?

  107. cali884 says: Nov 22, 2011 5:11 PM

    Hey Haters, The Niners are overall better than all your teams. Just by reading the beginning of the comments, i see there a couple of Steelers fans that are upset that there Team is sucking this year. And to all you Haters with short term memory, here’s a reminder of the teams we beat Phili (top rushing team, ran for under 100 yards), Detroit (League’s top offense), NYG ( Top Rushing team, ran for under 50 yards). The Niners were 8-1 and had only played 1 game vs an NFC West Opponent. So to all the haters, Reminder the Red and Gold is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  108. thehighhat says: Nov 22, 2011 5:24 PM

    Reading some of these comments just shows other teams fans jealousy of what a great job Jim is doing with the 49ers? Other than Green Bay, New England, Baltimore and Pittsburg, wouldn’t you rather have him as your teams coach?

    And hey, at least a losing team won’t rep the NFC West in the playoffs this year!

  109. dstep24 says: Nov 22, 2011 5:28 PM

    We know they’re 7-1 outside of the division. Good for them.

    And within those 7 wins, they’ve beat 3 winning teams….all by a TD or less.

    And in one of those wins, they got a bonus 5 yards when it DID matter.

    The rest of their 4 non-divisional wins have come against teams with 4 wins or less right now.

    Their 2 divisional wins have also come against teams with 4 wins or less.

    BAL and PIT are the true proving ground.

  110. dasmol says: Nov 22, 2011 5:46 PM

    It’s not like the have to play 3 games in 11 days like another CA team had to do.

  111. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 22, 2011 5:47 PM

    No doubt San Fran got hosed on this one — they even said it on ESPN (PTI) tonight. Funny thing, Ravens fans every year claim the Steelers always get scheduling breaks, like it’s some NFL conspiracy. You read it on their message boards all the time. But now the RAVENS are getting the benefit, and not a peep! C’mon where’s the outrage Ravens fans? An NFL team is getting an unfair advantage! Where’s the outrage?

    Oh I forogt — YOU’RE getting the benefit. So not a peep.

  112. bobhk says: Nov 22, 2011 5:48 PM

    First they said niners cant beat Bengals, then they said they’ll come down against eagles, then we were going to be crushed by the lions. Then the giants were going put a beatdown. Then we were not going to make the playoffs.
    Now niners will be one and done.
    What else will people doubt next?
    Look, as a niners fans, we are excited that they are doing well after 8 years of junk.
    They are legit and probably top 4 teams in the league.
    If you don’t like it or don’t appreciate a good turn around story or plain jealous, tough!

  113. bobhk says: Nov 22, 2011 6:17 PM

    dstep24 says:
    Nov 22, 2011 5:28 PM
    We know they’re 7-1 outside of the division. Good for them.

    And within those 7 wins, they’ve beat 3 winning teams….all by a TD or less.

    And in one of those wins, they got a bonus 5 yards when it DID matter.

    The rest of their 4 non-divisional wins have come against teams with 4 wins or less right now.

    Their 2 divisional wins have also come against teams with 4 wins or less.

    BAL and PIT are the true proving ground.
    —————
    People said the same thing before the Giants game. Are you going to be man enough to show up eat crow if the niners win?
    Which team do you root for? I’d like to see how what kind of opposition they’ve had. Easy to hide and trash other teams.

  114. savagenation2011 says: Nov 22, 2011 6:18 PM

    Niners got the short end, but what about the guy that Ray Lewis , ahem, didn’t murder?

  115. 1nationraidernation says: Nov 22, 2011 7:05 PM

    short end, I agree maybe they should just keep playing a bunch of losing teams, and then say they are 15-1………i guess we really will no how good the niners are after Thursday, but it’s not like flacco is up there with Rogers, or Brees, or even Matt Ryan for that matter…….Niners will have to play at least one of those guys in the playoffs.

  116. dstep24 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:07 PM

    bobhk says:
    Nov 22, 2011 6:17 PM

    People said the same thing before the Giants game. Are you going to be man enough to show up eat crow if the niners win?
    Which team do you root for? I’d like to see how what kind of opposition they’ve had. Easy to hide and trash other teams.

    ___________________________________

    How am I trashing on anyone? I literally posted factual information about the ‘Niners and their opponents’ records. Seriously?

    Hide? What am I hiding from? I’m not a Ravens fan, I can tell you that much. In fact, wouldn’t mind SF beat them. But at some point, it’s important to stop and look at the quality of schedule….which I don’t feel (based on opponent records and an early Christmas gift from a referee in Detroit) has been very tough for SF.

  117. bobhk says: Nov 22, 2011 7:19 PM

    How am I trashing on anyone? I literally posted factual information about the ‘Niners and their opponents’ records. Seriously?

    Hide? What am I hiding from? I’m not a Ravens fan, I can tell you that much. In fact, wouldn’t mind SF beat them. But at some point, it’s important to stop and look at the quality of schedule….which I don’t feel (based on opponent records and an early Christmas gift from a referee in Detroit) has been very tough for SF.
    —————-
    You are putting the quality of niners wins (and opposition) under microscope. (see your earlier post as well:
    I wouldn’t be whining about a 6-10 schedule that has patty-caked you all the way to 9-1 at this point. Time to put your money where your mouth is.).

    You are not a ravens fan (but of course, you can’t tell me your team).
    Which team are you a fan of? I’d like to analyze what kind of quality play they’ve been producing.

    Besides, a win is a win. Do you want style points? Go be a fan of 2007 pats. Awesome style points, no championship.

  118. bobhk says: Nov 22, 2011 7:44 PM

    dstep24:
    But at some point, it’s important to stop and look at the quality of schedule….which I don’t feel (based on opponent records and an early Christmas gift from a referee in Detroit) has been very tough for SF.
    ———
    One more thing: part of the reason for the opposition record is going 1-9 against the niners.
    Schedule not being tough? Niners were not favored against: lions, eagles, giants, bengals. They lost in OT to the Cowboys, where they were leading by 10 in the 4th quarter.
    What is the quality of opposition of the Cowboys? Hmm…beating up on the likes of st. louis, seattle, buffalo, and washington. Not very impressive.

  119. dd393 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:51 PM

    Jim Harbaugh is becoming the skinny Rex Ryan.

  120. dstep24 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:58 PM

    I’m a New England fan, if you really want to know. And I’m certainly not ready to deem them Super Bowl-bound, because I do take into account schedule, and the fact that their defense is awful. I’m a realist despite being a fan at the same time. So you ripping my team’s schedule apart will do nothing to hurt my feelings or get me defensive, because I apply the same analysis/criteria to my team. I think NE has had a pretty patty-cake schedule as well, so take all the shots you want. But it hasn’t been as cake as the ‘Niners’ schedule and that’s a simple fact – NE has faced 7 teams with .500 record or better. Facts my friend.

  121. vincentbojackson says: Nov 22, 2011 8:05 PM

    It would be news if a day went by where one of the Harbaugh brothers wasn’t complaining about something.

  122. jimmylions says: Nov 22, 2011 8:32 PM

    Read between the lines … the best team they’ve played this season … the best defense … he’s still got a bug up his tail about Schwartz.

    And it was more than just slapping Schwartz’s hand away instead of shaking it … Harbaugh also dropped an f-bomb on Schwartz, and then ran away to hide behind his players.

    Those two fellas must have really got under each other’s skin during the off season.

  123. bobhk says: Nov 22, 2011 8:49 PM

    dstep24 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:58 PM

    I’m a New England fan, if you really want to know. And I’m certainly not ready to deem them Super Bowl-bound, because I do take into account schedule, and the fact that their defense is awful. I’m a realist despite being a fan at the same time. So you ripping my team’s schedule apart will do nothing to hurt my feelings or get me defensive, because I apply the same analysis/criteria to my team. I think NE has had a pretty patty-cake schedule as well, so take all the shots you want. But it hasn’t been as cake as the ‘Niners’ schedule and that’s a simple fact – NE has faced 7 teams with .500 record or better. Facts my friend.
    ——
    You a NE fan? Really? You must have changed recently as I think I’ve seen you troll as a Dallas fan.
    Not much good going on in the Pats world? How come you are spending sooo much time on a niners story? Hmm….

    But, in any case, I think it’s funny how people will pick and choose their stats and points in time. Five days from now, I can say that Pats faced 5 teams with a 0.500 or better record ( or 6 if the jets win). At that point Niners would have faced 5 teams which are .500 or better. Same or slightly better.

    Besides, who exactly, other than Dallas has NE really beaten (lost to NYG, Steelers and pathetic Buff)? Puhleez, that-brady-and-not-much-else team is coming crashing down. Pathetic D too will get exposed when they meet real teams (not the likes of KC and Buff).

  124. bobhk says: Nov 22, 2011 8:55 PM

    jimmylions says: Nov 22, 2011 8:32 PM

    Read between the lines … the best team they’ve played this season … the best defense … he’s still got a bug up his tail about Schwartz.

    And it was more than just slapping Schwartz’s hand away instead of shaking it … Harbaugh also dropped an f-bomb on Schwartz, and then ran away to hide behind his players.
    —————
    Harbaugh hide behind his players??? Hahahahahaha!
    That’s funny. Do you even know that Harbaugh was a NFL QB. He would have been able to kick Schwartz’s a$$ all over the place.
    Schwartz is lucky he’s still got his teeth, the school boy!

  125. ofdvls32 says: Nov 22, 2011 10:06 PM

    for those saying the niners have a easy schedule or that we are 9-1 because we play in the NFC west are idiots. First of all, we play the giants, cowboys, detroit, philly, steelers, ravens, bengals. Far from an easy schedule. As for the west comment, we have only played 2 of our divisional opponents so far. So the other 7 wins are against teams from outside the nfc west. Get your facts straight

  126. fasteddy415 says: Nov 23, 2011 7:01 PM

    Attention all HATERZ. Yeah I’m talking 2 you. Harbaughs Niners are the first west coast team in NFL history to travel 3 time zones on a short week. Normally on short weeks, the nfl has done a good job if making things a bit easy travel wise. Since this game is a ratings grab for its network, the powers at be decided to give the niners the short end of the stick.

    A legitimate gripe indeed unlike the “ME ME” coach accross the bay this is out of Harbaughs hands and cant do anything about it.

    Hey Huey you wanted to be the big bad ass bullie of the NFL and now your complaining of unfair treatment. LMAO!

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