On Thursday morning, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said that the 49ers were coming off a perfect Wednesday practice, and he wanted an exact duplicate of that later in the day. On Thursday afternoon, Harbaugh said his players had exceeded his expectations.
“I thought yesterday was outstanding, but today was a photo copy of that,” Harbaugh told pool reporter John Clayton after Thursday’s practice. “In some ways, it was maybe a little better. I’m real pleased, real pleased.”
The 49ers did about 70 minutes of work on the Saints’ outdoor practice field and then 30 more minutes in the Saints’ indoor facility. The indoor work included kicker David Akers making all his field goal attempts while his teammates were yelling and making noise to try to distract him.
“That’s the first time they ever have done that in two years,” Harbaugh said of the noise. “David made all of them, which was even better. His mechanics are real good. That bodes well. Good things will happen for us in that area.”
If the 49ers play as well as they’re practicing, good things will happen in the Super Bowl.