Jim Harbaugh: “This team is not defeated”

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49ers safety Donte Whitner summed up his team’s situation shortly after their devastating loss to the Giants.

“It’s not the end of the world, but right now it feels like it,” Whitner said Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

It’s an especially tough loss because the 49ers did so many things well. The rushed for 5.4 yards-per-carry. They sacked Eli Manning six times and hit him 20 times overall, according to FOX.

The Giants dropped back to pass a ridiculous 64 times, and averaged only 4.2 yards-per-play on those dropbacks. They played nasty defense, but special teams gave away ten points and their offense went 1-for-13 on third downs.  Alex Smith hit a few big pass plays, but couldn’t get anything going to the outside to their wide receivers.

After the game, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh looked like the air had been sucked out of him.

“It’ll be a tough one,” Harbaugh said. “It’ll take a while to get over it, but we’ll get over it.  This team is not defeated. . . . A man can be destroyed but he can’t be defeated as long as his team knows that there’s hope.”

The future is bright for the 49ers, but they face a ton of offseason questions. Alex Smith, Carlos Rogers, Dashon Goldson, and Ahmad Brooks are among their free agents.

The team will look a lot different next year, which is one reason why this loss stings so much.

166 responses to “Jim Harbaugh: “This team is not defeated”

  1. Don’t worry. I’m sure Jim Schwartz will be there to shake your hand and give you a pat on the back.

  2. It’s going to be gut wrenching to see this team break up as a result of free agency. Alex Smith will resign but it’s unlikely Rogers, Goldson and Brooks all come back.

  3. I am a GIANTS fan, but let me say this. That is the most intense playoff game I have ever seen, and one of the best.

    The 49ers played a great game. We just made one more play than they did. Both teams showed the rest of their NFC brethren today how the game used to be played, and can still be played. Hard, tough and nasty, but clean and within the rules.

    The 9ers team, and there fans have nothing to be ashamed of, they should have no regrets.

  4. Didn’t we almost have it all.
    The Nights we held until the morning.
    You know you’ll never love that way- A gainnnnn.
    Didn’t we almost have it all…

    Didn’t we almost have…it…allllll?

    God I hate the Giants.

  5. Is there a reason why Frank Gore is not getting the ball more? 16 carries tonight, 13 against NO. He should have a min of 20 carries a game. FRANK THE TANK!!!!!

  6. Don’t agree that the team will look a lot different next year.

    Its a young team with the vast majority of the talent locked up long term.

    Goldson may go elsewhere but Rogers and Smith both expressed interest in coming back all season long. I don’t think anyone thinks Smith will go elsewhere.

    Brooks is a nice player but not irreplaceable if he chooses to exit.

    I’d wager a second year in the system with an upgrade at WR and a healthy punt returner and this team will be competing in the playoffs again next year.

  7. Well, what do you know…. the lucksack Giants get a bunch of dropped interceptions from the 49ers, a huge call go in their favor with the forward progress, and 2 game changing fumbles bounce right into their hands by a backup who was only playing cause their star punt returner was injured.

    Must be nice to be the luckiest team in the NFL, again.

  8. Hell of a game today. Just good old fashioned football. As a Giants fan, I just have to tip my cap to this niners team for one hell of a game and one hell of a season. I hope the niners figure out a way to keep this group together because they have the potential to make some noise in the years to come.

  9. The 49ers lost the game more than the Giants won it.

    I hate the fact a NY team won, the media there will act like this is one of the greatest teams ever and Eli (a good QB) is one of the greatest of all times, Victor Cruz is the greatest, etc, etc.

    I remember the same garbage when my Houston Rockets defeated the NY Knicks in the 90s. The NY media was salivating to declare Ewing of the best ever.

    I hope the Pats destroy the Giants

  10. with Baalke at the helm, different means better. with a full offseason under their belts to add to their full year in the system, the offense will be much better. hopefully featuring some rookie WRs and olinemen who contribute as much as Aldon Smith, Kendall Hunter, Bruce Miller and Chris Culliver did this year.

    no reason for the 49ers and their fans to hang their heads this season. what a way to start Jim Harbaugh’s tenure! hats off to the Giants, they’ve been playing very good football lately. we’ll see you next year, Big Blue.

  11. caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Jan 22, 2012 11:36 PM
    Don’t worry. I’m sure Jim Schwartz will be there to shake your hand and give you a pat on the back.

    =============

    Hilarious!

  12. Why would the team look different?

    They have plenty of cap space. Assuming the cap stays the same at 120 million.

    the Niners have only spent about 83 million of it for 39 guys.

    I think they can easily spread some 37 million around to fit everyone.

  13. It really stings when your backup pr / #2 wr gets zero catches on offense and loses two fumbles for ten points, including the game winning field goal.

    I pray that this year wasn’t a fluke and was just the first step towards the miners recapturing glory. Good game g-men. Beat the Pats. Good season niners. use it to get better next year.

    Kyle Williams, good luck in your job search you amateur.

  14. Niners fans have a lot to be proud of. There’s a real foundation for future success there. One day I think they’ll look back on this season as the beginning of something good.

  15. Looks like a lot of anal retentive pantie waists that are butthurt Harbaugh didn’t give a post-game interview. Jim does things his own way and he doesn’t care.

  16. He wouldn’t shake coughlins hand and declined to be interviewed, what a douche. I wonder how many 9ers fans will go to jail tonight?

  17. How can anyone hate the 49ers? I gotta say, I was rooting for the Giants. But the niners put up a great fight. This season was nothing short of awesome for them. 1 year ago did any of us expect them to be here? I didn’t even expect them to have a winning record. I remember the Joe Montana / Steve Young years like they were yesterday. I am proud of San Francisco and the year they gave us. This was fantastic and I look forward to many more with Harbaugh as their coach.

  18. So the moral of the story today is offense and defense doesn’t matter, it’s clutch play by special teams that wins and loses games on Sundays I guess???

  19. Rogers will be back. Brooks will likely be back. Goldson is going to want the Brinks truck backed up and Baalke won’t do it

  20. Kyle Williams is the same tool that fell down untouched on a kick return versus Seattle, and proceeded to get clobbered when he got up to his knees and was pounding the ball in frustration.

    He lost the ball, but was bailed out by a personal foul call on the play. That play, plus the earlier one where he touched the loose ball should have clued the Niners in to get someone else in there.

    I hate the Giants with every fiber of my being, but they were smart enough to replace Blackmon with Ross late in the game. Anytime Ross was anywhere near getting touched on a punt, he was covering up and getting down. That my friends is great coaching.

  21. Jim Harbaugh: “This team is not defeated”
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    Ummmm…….. yeah, you ARE.

  22. That was a crazy game.

    The 49ers defense did a great job, they absolutely gave Eli Manning the beating of his life, but the lack luster play of offense and going 1 for 12 on 3rd down is the real reason they lost. Don’t throw the punt returner under the bus, as many stops their defense made, they should have scored more points.

  23. Harbaugh has to tone it down a bit. A lot of complaining to the refs all season in addition to the Payton and Schwartz incidents.

    After the Singeltary mess, Harbaugh is a breath of fresh air and effective in motivation and attention to details.

    However, the fierce fiery competitor part has to get toned down…that message can get through to college kids given the turnover in the roster, and the impressionabilty of college kids. In the NFL, that message may get tired and wear out its welcome…not after one season mind you, but he’ll have to adapt.

  24. You jackass Giants fans can laugh, but a glancing accidental touch on a punt is the only reason you’re in the SB…

    And even with that you almost got whipped…

    Harbaugh is NOT incorrect…

  25. Not defeated? So the 49ers and Packers will be playing in a couple weeks for the Super Duper Bowl?

    Somebody should sign Favre for that one. He’s also never been defeated.

  26. Just like the Ravens. A good defense, but a stale offense. Both teams are also always complaining they don’t get any respect.

    What neither seems to realize is that respect is earned by winning big games.

  27. Ted Ginn is a FA too. I would guess his value was just realized.

    Niners knocked some INTs away from each other. Their tackling was 2nd to none. Incredibly talented defense.

    Smith missed some receivers the rare times they were open. Not sure if he is the problem, the receivers or the OC. Maybe a little of each? Maybe a lot of each…

  28. Alex smith played horrible. He fell apart after the 3rd quater. did he even complete more than one pass further then 10 yards? eli was throwing it that far as he was getting sacked every or hit every down

  29. A spectacular job of coaching a team that – with few personnel changes – was 6-10 last year. Harbaugh is a lock for coach of the year, and though the 49ers will lose some players, they will be a team to be reckoned with for the next few years.

  30. like i wrote in another thread: the niners shouldn’t hang their heads for too long. resign smith, open up the playbook a bit and definitely draft/sign a receiving threat or two to take the heat off vernon ‘the beast’ davis and the niners are on their way.

    the niners will be scary for some time.

    signed,

    diehard giants fan.

  31. As a fan, would have liked to have seen the Niner D against the Pats. As a Saints fan, I gotta say “now you know how we feel”.

  32. Per NFL rules, the losing coach MUST give an interview after the game. Per San Fran radio, Harbaugh went wild and shoved a FOX producer who meekly asked when they could get a brief interview. He also threatened to PUNCH an NFL official who tried to convince him to give a 20 second interview.
    Harbaugh also shoved two Giants players on his way to the locker room.

  33. Eli Manning threw for 316 yards. Why aren’t Tebow fans commenting about how it means that he was destined to win the game?

    Anyway, the 9ers played WAY better this season than they should have. I have to give them credit.

    That’s a solid core of players.

    I don’t like Harbaugh, so I was rooting for the Giants, but I have nothing against the players of that team.

    They’ll contend for a while with a team that’s built like that.

  34. Eat the meat 49ers. You may be hopeful for next year, but you have an old team with a lot of free agents, your window is small and closing fast. All the fans with their jibber jabber, dirty arrogance and stinky bravado will hopefully keep them warm as their team spirals into the mire!

  35. this is coming from a non-49ers fan, I’m sorry. you guys should have won and I’m sorry you didn’t. Please come back strong next year and do the NFC proud. You deserve better.

  36. This set of brothers is so refreshing compared to another set I’ve seen around. Both also look like they know how to push themselves away from the table.

  37. eknirb says: Jan 22, 2012 11:38 PM

    Kyle Williams, Billy Cundiff on line 1
    ______________________

    To quote the Guinness commercials, “Brilliant!”

  38. Harbaugh is even more classless than Belichik and I thought that was impossible.
    Hell, even the 49er fanbase has become the least classiest, overtaking the Patriots fanbase.

    Where are all the mouthy fans at?? Out assaulting innocent victims and starting riots?

  39. All season it was about winning with turnovers. It was today, too, but the teams were reversed. The niners played a good game, and they should hold their heads high. The new season starts tomorrow for them.

  40. We had a good team and we lost to a good team. We outplayed the giants but we made a mistake when it coubted. Good luck against the pats. I think we had a better chance of shutting down their tight ends but the giants are still a good team. Go nfc.

  41. Don’t worry, Eli. All the commentators tomorrow will explain how it was your brilliance, rather than two terrible 49er mistakes giving you incredibly short fields, that won the game. You are the golden boy, regardless what the stats say.

  42. roamingabriel says: Jan 23, 2012 12:04 AM

    You jackass Giants fans can laugh, but a glancing accidental touch on a punt is the only reason you’re in the SB…

    And even with that you almost got whipped…

    Harbaugh is NOT incorrect…

    ______________________________________

    Almost got whipped??? did you watch the same game? This one went into Overtime if memory serves me. 1-13 on 3rd downs is not whipping anyone.

    Stop being a sore loser.

  43. Per NFL rules, the losing coach MUST give an interview after the game. Per San Fran radio, Harbaugh went wild and shoved a FOX producer who meekly asked when they could get a brief interview. He also threatened to PUNCH an NFL official who tried to convince him to give a 20 second interview.
    Harbaugh also shoved two Giants players on his way to the locker room.

    Having a camera shoved in your face after a heartbreaking loss like that is not cool. He gave his post-game press conference like he was supposed to, why does he have to give a stupid comment as they are running off the field.

    Also, the Giants beat writer for the Star Ledger tweeted this after the game which really sounds terrible:

    Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo
    Jim Harbaugh walks into Eli Manning in a crowded hallway. Shakes his hand, says, “Congratulations. Go win it, go win it.” #nyg

  44. Cundiff and Williams on suicide watch, Harbaugh was a bitter baby at the press conference and yes the 9ers are good but they were also very lucky this year and could easily been a 10-6 or 11-5 team.

  45. 49ers have been getting lucky all year. Finally something didn’t fall there way.
    ——————————————————–

    And the Giants weren’t lucky in this game????

  46. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 23, 2012 12:35 AM

    Harbaugh is even more classless than Belichik and I thought that was impossible.
    Hell, even the 49er fanbase has become the least classiest, overtaking the Patriots fanbase.

    Where are all the mouthy fans at?? Out assaulting innocent victims and starting riots?

    Anyone else see the irony in guy with the user name “thatobnoxiousguy” calling a fanbase “least classiest”?

  47. Love to see the niner fans cry “You only won because of turnovers”. Um, how do you idiots think the 49ers got to this game? Oh yeah, 5 turnovers by New Orleans. We had 2 different punt returners, our guys didn’t fumble.

  48. It doesn’t matter. 49ers good season was all for nothing. Back to reality, same ole Alex Smith. V. Davis made him look like he was going to be a average QB. Back to the drawing board

  49. @thatobnoxiosguy

    You couldn’t have picked a better user name. I’m sure whatever team you root for has ZERO non classy fans, right? Niners are finally good again and they’re fans are labeled classless because they engage in smack talk like all 31 other teams? You should change your user name to thatignorantguy. Don’t label an entire fan base because of a handful of classless fans.

    Congrats to the Giants. The Niners and their fans have nothing to hang their heads about. 6-10 in 2010 to the NFC Championship game in the very next year. QB competition and WR upgrade are the two top priorities.

    I’ve enjoyed watching the Niners play REAL football finally after 8 years of mediocrity at best football.

  50. No actually you were just defeated. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Now go seek treatment for your anger management issues.

  51. GREAT games today and rewarding as well. Thank God we have NO Harbaughs in the SB. They both come across as arrogant jerks.

  52. Looks like all the bandwagon 49er “fans” who briefly came out of the woodwork and now are sinking back into it, some who didn’t know who Alex Smith was 12 months ago, probably some who don’t still know who he is, are uttering death threats via twitter to Kyle Williams.

    Stay classy 49’er fans.

  53. lionsfanatic84 says: Jan 22, 2012 11:54 PM

    He wouldn’t shake coughlins hand and declined to be interviewed, what a douche. I wonder how many 9ers fans will go to jail tonight?

    __________________________________________

    Made up fodder but not surprising coming from bitter kittens er I mean Lions fans. He shook Coughlin’s hand and He did interviews for ESPN and NFL Network as well as locals. He just wasn’t in the mood to entertain the FOX brown nosers that stated he was overachieving all year. Would you like some kleenex crybaby?

  54. I’m responding to the original column about how it stings so much because the team will look so different? Like how does PFT know this? The 49ers have the cap space why wouldn’t they try to keep the key members that were given the opportunity to prove themselves worthy of long term deals? Goldson was allowed to check out the FA market, came back to the 49ers had a good season and will be rewarded. The only long term question mark I have is Alex Smith. I didn’t sense any urgency in him during the latter part of the game. He didn’t make any mistakes but he didn’t do anything to make anything positive happen either. I’m upset with Williams for 2 boneheaded plays that cost the 49ers momentum and ultimately the game but really, he shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place. It was winnable game for the 49ers for sure, they just failed miserably to convert on 3rd down!!

  55. mizzouram says: Jan 23, 2012 12:33 AM

    49ers have been getting lucky all year. Finally something didn’t fall there way.

    ______________________________________________

    Yes because the rams were just a few lucky breaks away from a Superbowl huh? or there was no luck for the Giants tonight? You better go find a magic lamp son. With Jeff Fisher at the helm you’re gonna need all the luck on God’s green Earth to ever make 8-8 the next 5 years

  56. Note to Mr. Harbaugh:

    defeat (past tensed +ed)

    1. The state of being defeated.
    2. Failure to win.

    You lost. YOU LOST. Repeat after me: “I lost.”

  57. “Must be nice to be the luckiest team in the NFL, again.”

    Didn’t watch the Falcons game or the Packers game, huh?

    Especially being “lucky” against the Packers, when the Giants “luckily” had 14 points put on them by obvious referee blunders, huh?

    There is no luck.

  58. Coming to grips that the season is over. Never bought into the Alex Smith revival. I pray we unload him while he still has some value. That said, the 49ers found a way to win a ton of games this year (mostly by being a T-E-A-M). Harbaugh is a damn wizard in my book. Maybe the Coordinators will even stay around for more than 1 year.

  59. A great game.. Niners kinda gave it away. But hey, that’s why you play the game.

    Harbaugh… Hats off to him! Did a great job this season with no offseason, no mini camps, nothing. You can’t say enough about what he did with this team this year..

    Coughlin… Ok, NY media… Now will you finally take him off the “hot seat”…. This guy is a pretty good coach.. This is another superbowl berth for the g-men. And he just won a super bowl a few years ago. Although, with the way the media can be, i’m sure if they start out next season 0-2, he will be on the hot seat! Which is a sad deal. He’s don’t a heckuva good job in NY…

    These teams don’t have the “oooh and ahhh” that teams like GB, or NO have.. They don’t light up the scoreboard over and over again. But They play sound, disciplined football. They both have very very good defenses, and that’s exactly why they played the NFCCCG… You can have all of the firepower in the world, but if you go up against a team with a defense, that puts the firepower to rest. Look at what happened to the Pats today. GB was knocked out, and so were NO… Takes a good defense.

    Superbowl is a toss up! NE can score. But their defense isn’t that great. NY can play stout defense, and they can run the ball.. Eli isn’t Peyton, or Brady. But he’s making plays… I’m not a NY fan, but Coughlin might bring another Lombardi to NY…

  60. roamingabriel says: Jan 23, 2012 12:04 AM :

    You jackass Giants fans can laugh, but a glancing accidental touch on a punt is the only reason you’re in the SB…

    And even with that you almost got whipped…

    Harbaugh is NOT incorrect…
    ——————————–

    Stay classy, San Fran!!

    And enjoy that “Not Defeated Bowl” against the Ravens next week.

  61. You jackass Giants fans can laugh, but a glancing accidental touch on a punt is the only reason you’re in the SB…

    And even with that you almost got whipped…

    Harbaugh is NOT incorrect…
    ______

    “Honestly, Smithers, I don’t know why Harvard even bothers to show up. They barely even won.”

  62. Hard to believe my Redskins whipped these NY boys twice in 2011. However, back to the game not one sports analyst mentioned the importance of special teams as a game deciding unit. Yet special teams were the real difference in this great game today. Cant stand the Giants yet I admire their moxy. May the best team win in a fortnight.

  63. What a tough game, it’s sad to see the season finally end after such a great run. The Giants and 49ers seemed very evenly matched, it really was the first team with someone to make a mistake that would come out ahead. Nothing like a dig down drag out battle to the end.

    It was a hard game, but putting it in perspective I was expecting it to take Harbaugh at least two years to be where we are today. And really the the team’s core is staying put including including Willis, Bowman, Justin and Aldon Smith, Vernon Davis and Gore. Goldson and Rogers will hopefully be a priority to re-sign. Priorities in the off-season should be the offensive line and developing some threats on the outside. It’s hard to open up the passing game when Crabtree can’t get open and the only people that can catch a ball is your TE and RB.

  64. The NFL certainly emerged from the lockout with a premium product. As I see it Harbaugh is correct in one sense. If the Patriots, Ravens, 49ers, Giants, or Saints were playing in the Super Bowl, it would be extremely competitive game, since there’s little difference among them. Can’t remember better games. Hoping for a similar SB. Harbaugh certainly isn’t alone with character quirks, witness Belicheck and Coughlin, but all gets forgiven with winning.

  65. A Scottish poem for the 49ers players-

    Fight on my men, Sir Andrew said.
    Little I’m hurt but not yet slain.
    I’ll just lie down and bleed awhile.
    Then I’ll rise and fight again.

  66. As a texans fas it was it was awesome to see Jim harbaugh build that team from the ground up almost over night the way wade Phillips did houstons defense. But when Williams funked up those punt returns. All I was thinking was man…. He just pulled a jacoby jones. Two teams I was routing for exit over similar scenarios

  67. I am a huge Giants fan and my hat goes off to the 49ers. I thought the Giants would have a huge advantage over the 49ers with experience; SF is a young team and the Giants still have a large amount of players from their last Super Bowl run. When the Lions faced the Saints in the Wild Card round, the Lions inexperience reared its ugly head and, in my opinion, cost them that game. The Lions played that game as though it were just another regular season game and not a playoff game. SF did the opposite today and that is a direct result of the great coaching of Harbaugh. SF was all over the field and sought to establish the tempo; they were hitting everything in sight and they were hitting hard, on both sides of the ball. Nevertheless, the one difference in this game was Eli Manning. Every time he stepped back to throw, he was under relentless pressure and got the sh*t kicked out of him. Despite that, he never folded. If there were any lingering questions regarding his status as a great NFL QB, they should have been put to bed today. I don’t care what QB it is, when you smack him around and beat him up, you take him out of his game and always force mistakes. This happened last week with Drew Brees & SF, Aaron Rodgers & NYG, as well as Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLVII and week 9 v. the Giants. Eli didn’t get rattled at all and continued to make plays despite being knocked around. He still managed to throw for 318 yards and 2 TDs, but most telling and amazing, he didn’t ommit a single turnover. Eli has the physical gifts and tools to be a top NFL QB, but there may not be a QB with better intangibles in the NFL between his composure and his clutch play. Eli is one win away from being the 11th NFL QB to win multiple Super Bowls. Currently there are only two active QBs on that list, Brady and Roethlisberger, and seven of the remainig eight are all in the Hall of Fame, with the exception of Jim Plunkett. People can say whatever they would like about Eli, but I will tell you this… If he wins the Super Bowl against the Pats for number 2, he will be well on his way as a Hall of Fame shoe-in.

    As for the future of the 49ers, I don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon; they will continue to be a force in the NFC. They have a young, solid OL; and they have an extremely good, borderline great, defense that is filled with young, promising players. As for their skill position players on offense, Vernon Davis has established himself as the best TE in the NFL and Michael Crabtree seems to have matured and is quickly becoming the player many thought he would be. Also, don’t forget, Josh Morgan will be back next season. Nevertheless, they do have some issues. Frank Gore is not getting any younger and he has been a workhorse; he was plagued by injuries this season and was neber able to get on track (he also has a history of injury problems, namely blowing out both knees at Miami). SF did a great job by securing his replacement in Kendall Hunter. Hunter was a great player at Oklahoma State and was highly touted and heavily recruited out of high school. Given the chance, I really believe that Hunter wil become one of the upper echelon backs in the NFL. The real issue facing the 49ers personnel-wise is Alex Smith. Smith had a decent year this past season, but I am not sold on him being a quality NFL QB. In today’s NFL, you need a top QB if your team is going to win a championship. The final 4 this year were the Giants, 49ers, Patriots and Ravens. In years past, the dominant defenses would have come out on top, the 49ers and Ravens, but that is no longer the case; the two with the elite QBs were the ones who punched their tickets to Indy. Alex Smith was more of a game manager this season and there were long stretches where the offense just vanished. The answer to this problem is not so simple, but if Peyton Manning becomes available, I expect SF to be right in the mix, if not the favorites. Another issue going forward is that the NFC West will not be considered the weakest division in the NFL much longer. The Rams will be bad for a while, but the Seahawks and the Cardinals were ravged with injuries at the beginning of the season and once they got healthy, they turned things around, becoming very competitive at the end. I don’t see the 49ers winning 13 games per year going forward, but they should be the favorites. I see them battling it out with the Cardinals over the next few seasons and the winner will be the team who wins 10-11 games and controls the division.

  68. HAH!! and all you niner fans had the nerve to say jim schwartz is a baby?! harbaugh has a problem with many ppl, other coaches, players, refs, media, etc… a trouble maker finds trouble anywhere he goes. at least schwartz does good handshakes, displays sportsman ship and DOES INTERVIEWS AFTER LOSSES. good win G MEN and good game to the niners, but harbaugh grow up you big baby!!!!!

  69. Do you simpletons seriously not get Harbaugh doesn’t literally mean they haven’t been defeated?

    He means they’re not going to roll over and die now because they lost the NFC Championship game, they’ll be back next season working harder than ever.

    Seriously, how dumb are you people? Thumbs me down all you want, I’m seriously in awe that people interpreted this literally.

  70. donny1rodriguez says:

    when’s American Idol coming on?
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    it was on earlier in the day. there’s a replay in two weeks when tom brady next takes the field

  71. Wow, isn’t it crazy how history repeats itself? Remember the last time the 49ers played the Giants in the playoffs in 2002? The Giants lost the game at the end on a potential winning FG attempt due to a bad snap from Trey Junkin, a longsnapper who was coaxed out of retirement earlier that week. He was signed to replace the regular Giants longsnapper who was injured. I’ll never forget the post game interview with poor Junkin, who sounded as devastated as any athlete I’ve heard from.
    …Fast forward 10 years later, and the 49ers lose on a bad special teams play from a replacement player! The universe must be balanced, once again.

  72. As a former coach (not at the pro level) I gotta say I’m appalled at the behavior of both Harbaughs. You can complain about Rex Ryan for all the talk, but at least he has the decency to man up after a loss, shake the opponent’s hand, and give them credit for a great game.

    For the same reason I never got tired of Ochocinco, because although he was a big talker, he was generous and always knew where the line was. When he was beaten, he would own up to it and give credit where it was due.

    Both Harbaughs cannot be counted on for the merest signs of class. Maybe to the fans that looks cool: “Hey lookit our tough guy coach, he doesn’t take nothin’ from nobody” but your head coach is also the topmost representative of your team.

    I’ve always despised Belichick for the same reason, he’s had his infantile temper tantrums after games as well. If you can’t take the heat, then get out of the kitchen.

  73. Kyle Williams is now receiving death threats on Twitter against his wife and kids. That’s one real classy fanbase you have there, SF. Real classy.

  74. Jim Hairbow is the most classless coach in the NFL, period…and their fans are now equivalent to Jets and Eagles…totally irrelevant for the past 10 years and the “light in he loafers west coasters” think they are for real…frauds and jokes…fans are bottom feeders…what a great Monday morning to be a Giants bandwagon fan….

  75. Us Giant fans tried to tell ya. Our D was different and we were on a magical ride, but hey all props to the Niners. They made us earn everything we got and they knocked the snot out of Eli.

    I feel bad for Kyle Williams its a shame that a classic game like that has to be decided by a kid making 2 mistakes, what shame.

    In any case great game and congrats to the Niners and their fans they put up a good fight, acted in a classy manner all game, (there was no showboating, of course Crabtree didn’t have a catch or there would have been some), have a bright future. They got to a tile game w-a lousy QB that says alot about their D & their heart.

  76. I really don’t see how Harbaugh is ‘classless’ at all. The guy’s a rookie head coach and his team came a dog hair way from going to the Super Bowl. With those circumstances I thought Harbaugh did a tremendous job handling himself.

    Watching that game I felt like I was watching football from 10 or 20 years ago. Before the NFL became so pass and point happy. If things had played to form and that was a Green Bay / Saints matchup we’d have been watching a track meet. None of the hits, none of the great pass defending, none of the solid tackling we saw last night.

  77. 49ers came down with a bad case of fumbleitis. It happens. You lose. Won’t catch the Steelers in Super Bowl wins. Not any time soon. Ha!

    GO STEEERS!!

  78. Don’t say the giants didnt earn this one. The miners scored on two crazy plays to the only real playmaker on their team. Eli took the beating of his life and hung in tough to make some huge third down conversions. The niners whole season rested on turnovers and trickery and they weren’t able to do that this time. They played a great game but the giants played great defense and made more plays when it counted.

  79. We need a #1 Wide Receiver for next year Crabtree is a #2 for sure.

    Has anyone see our schedule for next year it’s sick.

    Here is who we play out of division

    home- bears, lions, giants, bills, dolphins

    away- packers, vikings, saints, patriots, jets

    we will need to score more td’s next year can have 5 fg’s per game and win those game

  80. We need a #1 Wide Receiver for next year Crabtree is a #2 for sure.

    Has anyone seen our schedule for next year it’s sick.

    Here is who we play out of division

    home- bears, lions, giants, bills, dolphins

    away- packers, vikings, saints, patriots, jets

    we will need to score more td’s next year can’t have 5 fg’s per game and win those game

  81. I love the trash talking early in the morning.Giants played a heckuva game and came out victorious. Congrats to that team. What a great game. just as close and hard fought as I thought it might be. 9ers lost the turnover battle. The End.

    Kyle Williams showed great effort and I refuse to scapegoat him for 2 bad plays. Good Luck against Brady and the Pats, GMen. Thats a tough squad, but if you show the grit on offense and toughness on defense that you showed against the 9ers last night you’ll do great. Catch ya in 2 weeks.

  82. which har-bag said this…jonny or jimmy? oh dont matter, they’re both defeated. I wonder which one will get more cue-ing from momma? hahahahahahahaha.
    dont worry rogers…this was the true “DISCOUNT DOUBLE-CHOKE”!

  83. Pretty sure I saw 20-17 Final… FINAL with Dave Diehl triumphant on my TV, who else noticed this? Or am I delusional?

    And as far as what he really meant? Yes they are. They’re going to let almost all those free agents go, and Alex Smith will go right back to suckitude if they decide to actually be stupid enough and re-sign him.

  84. Yes, Jim you and your team were defeated. I hope the front-running niner fans enjoyed this run because this is the last sniff you and your classless, cheating, smack-talking losers and your neanderthal coach are going to have for a loooong time. Can’t wait to kick your bay area butts next year.

  85. Did anyone catch the 49’ers kick off team dancing a “Miami-like jig” as they lined up to kick off after they went up 7-0? Guess they thought they had their ticket punched already.

  86. Isn’t this quote a little backwards?

    “A man can be destroyed but he can’t be defeated as long as his team knows that there’s hope.”

    If a man is destroyed, he’s completely gone – obliterated – and therefore has no future or hope. Shouldn’t the quote be “A man can be defeated but he can’t be destroyed as long as…”? I mean, you can lose a battle but go on to fight another day so long as you haven’t been destroyed. Methinks Harbaugh memorized that quote earlier in the day in case of a loss, and then screwed it up when it came time to ape it.

  87. dumdumdidday says:
    Jan 22, 2012 11:45 PM
    The 49ers lost the game more than the Giants won it.

    I hate the fact a NY team won, the media there will act like this is one of the greatest teams ever and Eli (a good QB) is one of the greatest of all times, Victor Cruz is the greatest, etc, etc.

    I remember the same garbage when my Houston Rockets defeated the NY Knicks in the 90s. The NY media was salivating to declare Ewing of the best ever.

    I hope the Pats destroy the Giants

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    That makes you more pathetic than anything.

    And you can hope, you have your right to do so, but in reality, it won’t happen. Giants D >>> Patriots O, Giants O >>> Patriots D.

    Unless the Patriots somehow force turnovers and find a running game (Green-Ellis is a bum), I don’t see how your hater-based wishes will occur. It may be close either way, or the GIANTS will blow the Patriots out, but the Patriots don’t have the weapons to blow the Giants out. ESPECIALLY if Gronkowski is hobbled.

  88. Jim Harbaugh is a joke. He cries about every call and I am so tired of him arguing over eveyr call. Jim… shut up, get a QB and real stadium. After every play – they show Harball crying and yelling at the refs. He is little Schembechler. What a whining baby. Him and his cry baby brother make me wish I liked golf.

  89. He wants every play call to go his way, he needs to be in better control of his players. Jumping on the camera platform Jim needs to have control of that. Williams droped a reverse in the game, fumbled, then gets hit from the ball on a punt. You can’t make that many mistakes. But he was still in the game but a poor sport the quick hand shake and lack of interviews, glad to see no Harbaughs got to Superbowl.

  90. sudz28 says:
    Jan 23, 2012 9:09 AM
    Isn’t this quote a little backwards?

    “A man can be destroyed but he can’t be defeated as long as his team knows that there’s hope.”

    If a man is destroyed, he’s completely gone – obliterated – and therefore has no future or hope. Shouldn’t the quote be “A man can be defeated but he can’t be destroyed as long as…”? I mean, you can lose a battle but go on to fight another day so long as you haven’t been destroyed. Methinks Harbaugh memorized that quote earlier in the day in case of a loss, and then screwed it up when it came time to ape it.

    ———–

    I thought it was brain-friend nonsense by Harbaugh when I heard that on ESPN postgame, but whatever. He’s fishing for things to say, but that classless jerk is so fixated upon making excuses as to why they lost instead of realizing the Giants are just a better team. And only in a backhanded manner did he emote such.

  91. Hmmm, “not defeated”….. Maybe he is using some new Websters dictionary that doesnt’ list defeated as a synonym for loss.

    Oh and by the way, “Who’s got it better then US?”. How about the Giants!

  92. goldrush4949 says:
    Jan 22, 2012 11:50 PM
    Looks like a lot of anal retentive pantie waists that are butthurt Harbaugh didn’t give a post-game interview. Jim does things his own way and he doesn’t care.

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    Yes, his own way — sore loser, sour grapes. As far as the league goes, you DO give a post game interview, whether you like it or not. He acts like he’s the only coach that lost.

  93. Goldrush36-
    These tears are of laughter, and you seem to be the one that need them. So ill let you take your Kleenex so you can join your other classy 49ers brethren and mug some people

  94. Uhhh, but they ARE defeated Jimbo…if your team wasn’t defeated they would have moved on right? Stupid. Now they can go back to being irrelevant and insignificant. Hope you enjoyed your ‘nice’ season.

  95. Niners, this is what happens when you play a healthy team with a healthy QB. Now go home and fix your transformers !!!

  96. Ya know…. I have to expect to hear a little trash talk from some of the more brash Giants fans. Thats alright. You won. Laugh it up. Exciting game. Eli took his lumps and played extrememly well considering he was PLANTED numerous times. I have all the respect in the world for this team…. BUT…. to come in here and read trash talk from at least 1 fan of teams like The Lions, Steelers, Saints and Seahawks… C’Mon guys. Be serious. The Lions were ALWAYS overrated and they were a “feel good story” until you looked a little deeper and saw that guys like Suh are anything but good citizens on the field. Steelers? You’re defense has aged horribly and you lost to a “QB” that you yourself claimed to be horrible. Saints fans? Thats just sour grapes. I get it. Ya got bounced after that “convincing” win against the Lions. can see why that win gave ya confidence. Ya played a whole game without getting stomped on. Good for you. Take your Indoor offense and High School defense and hit the bricks… Seahawks fans? lol. Thats the worst of all. grow up.

  97. 2difshoe says:Jan 22, 2012 11:36 PM

    Declines an after game interview with Fox….what a sore loser…no class !
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    Harbaugh’s class-less anti-handshake with Coughlin after the game was a dandy. They should just do away with it after the final whistle…sooner or later, one of these coaches is going to knock the other one in the mouth….and I’m hoping Schwartz and Harbaugh are the first 2 to get socked.

  98. 49erstim:
    Try throwing dirt at every other team instead of facing the facts that you lost. I’d say go back to mugging people and threatening the lives of your own players, but I’d rather see you just get over it

  99. dominicthedonkey says:
    Jan 23, 2012 12:13 AM
    The 49ers…are never going anywhere with their QB..where are all the 49er fans who were talkin crap all week??

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    In hiding just like Packer fans the week before.

  100. kappy32 says:Jan 23, 2012 3:18 AM

    ….Vernon Davis has established himself as the best TE in the NFL..

    __________________________________

    Dude, put down the Long Island Iced Teas….Davis is MAYBE a top 5 TE in the league.

    Jesus.

  101. Coach Harbaugh You and your staff did a SUPER job leading your men to the playoffs.
    However, I will venture to say 70% of the players do NOT know the rules as they pertain to their position. i.e. Williams staying far away from the ball. Perhaps during Training Camp, you could invite a Ref to explain the rules pertaining to each position. Offence, Defence and Special Teams. Having done that you now have cause to fine them or cut them on the spot

  102. Jim -The other team scored more points than your team.

    Therefore they won.

    Therefore your team IS defeated.

    If you need any help call my secretary and we can get together and I’ll’ explain it to you in more detail.

  103. rcunningham says:
    Jan 23, 2012 3:24 AM
    Do you simpletons seriously not get Harbaugh doesn’t literally mean they haven’t been defeated?
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    Do you seriously not get that almost everyone knows exactly what he meant, but because he’s a poor sport in winning or losing and an unlikable character they are all just seizing an opportunity to bag on him?

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