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Harbaugh thinks recent road experiences will help in Seattle

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When it comes to the challenge the 49ers will face on Sunday in Seattle, the man in black (and tan) has channeled the Man in Black.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who wears at all times a plain black shirt and plan tan pants, believes that experiences on the road will help his team at CenturyLink Field.

“Our team has been in a lot of good primers, been through a lot of situations, tough environments, whether it’s weather or opposing stadiums,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.  “This team has been in a lot of situations – been everywhere, man — like the Johnny Cash song.”

On Sunday, the “everywhere” tour includes a return to the place where the raucous crowd periodically makes the earth move.

“[We’ve] got to be able to communicate without hearing very well,” Harbaugh said.  “So you can simulate that, somewhat, in practice – signals, hand signals, verbal signals, body language, reading lips.  Different ways.”

He has a point.  With true simulation of the noise impossible, the better approach for communicating in an environment where no one can hear could be to practice communicating without sound.

That’s only part of the problem when playing in Seattle, where the 49ers have lost handily during their last two trips there.  The good news for San Francisco is that the Seahawks didn’t look quite so dominant against the Saints on Saturday, which could give the 49ers hope of getting to Super Bowl the same way the 2005 Steelers, 2007 Giants, and 2010 Packers did:  Winning three road games.

The best news for the 49ers?  The other three teams that pulled that off in the past decade won the Super Bowl, too.

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24 Responses to “Harbaugh thinks recent road experiences will help in Seattle”
  1. jacobslatter says: Jan 14, 2014 12:07 AM

    There should be a round blurred distortion over the hand area in the above photo. This is a family website, mother(expletive).

  2. dazzlehasselhoff says: Jan 14, 2014 12:20 AM

    Can’t wait. This is the actual Super Bowl.

  3. riverace19 says: Jan 14, 2014 12:22 AM

    The Niners are going in there and going to win 20-17

  4. meatcarroll says: Jan 14, 2014 12:27 AM

    “The good news for San Francisco is that the Seahawks didn’t look quite so dominant against the Saints on Saturday”

    Oh PLEASE. Anyone who actually watched that game knows the Saints were never a serious threat to come back at any point. Brees was held to 34 (thirty four!) yards at halftime and the big fat zero on the scoreboard said it all. Nearly all of his yards were in garbage time and their most successful play of the game was a tipped fluke on what should have been a gift wrapped INT.

  5. ndnut says: Jan 14, 2014 12:27 AM

    Quite the picture Mike

  6. meatcarroll says: Jan 14, 2014 12:37 AM

    Colin Kaepernick was hot coming off 2 big performances that earned national acclaim each time before facing SEA and getting neutered. The first one was his 4 TD performance against NE before getting walloped 42-13 in Seattle, his 1 TD coming in 4th Q garbage time. He had Crab in this one, btw. The second was his 400 yard day against Green Bay following Mort’s hype that Kap would be the future GOAT. The next week he got crushed 29-3 with 3 INTs. In fact, he’s thrown 5 INTs in 3 games vs. SEA. Dude’s a good player but it would take an act of God for the Seahawks to lose.

  7. norcalmafia says: Jan 14, 2014 12:39 AM

    Seattle city of losers..Flap your gums stomp your feet cause all you do is get beat beat beat! 0 rings and counting..
    Dynasty!
    #@ flannel wearing nerds in booger green 12 jerseys

  8. mataug says: Jan 14, 2014 12:40 AM

    Seahawks passing offense seemed out of sync, Lynch finally got going later on but it wasn’t a pleasant sight
    Boldin, Davis & Crabtree make Kaep’s life easier, am not that confident about Tate, Baldwin & Miller


    Redskins fan, just mentioning it to avoid accusations of bias :)

  9. pacificnw7722 says: Jan 14, 2014 12:41 AM

    “This team has been in a lot of situations – been everywhere, man — like the Johnny Cash song.”

    In Seattle the Whiners will fall into a burning ring of fire!

    GO HAWKS!!!!

  10. mataug says: Jan 14, 2014 12:43 AM

    also Wilson’s high for yardage in past 5 games(3 wins, 2 losses) was 206 yards, never had more than 27 pass attempts though

  11. capn0bvious says: Jan 14, 2014 12:43 AM

    I would say that prayer might help the 49ers, but with them being from San Francisco, the mecca of liberal atheists, we can scratch prayer off their to-do list.

  12. rushbacker says: Jan 14, 2014 12:46 AM

    I think he’s right. At this point, the Niners are a veteran playoff squad that’s proven themselves on the road. That won’t make it easy to play in Seattle, but they’re equipped to if anyone in the NFC is. I have an added interest as a Broncos fan, but I’d be looking forward to this matchup even if my boys were out of it. Should be a great game– two very good and very similar teams, and there’s legitimately no love lost between them.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 14, 2014 1:04 AM

    Harbaugh will bring his strong and mighty whine to unleash on the Seahawks

  14. pretendarchitect says: Jan 14, 2014 1:17 AM

    They should quickly build a dome and set off the fire alarm so sprinklers simulate rain.

  15. rainponcho87 says: Jan 14, 2014 1:35 AM

    Realistic 49ers fan: Seattle is a great team with an amazing home field advantage. I only hope the 49ers can keep its close going into the 4th quarter. I think the home field stuff might be a little disapated by then and I wonder if Seattle might get a little tight if it is close. This really looks like their year and it would be pretty shocking to get knocked out at home against the 49ers.

  16. Dogsweat says: Jan 14, 2014 1:43 AM

    Lord Kaep 40 Seahawks 21

  17. don2074978 says: Jan 14, 2014 2:13 AM

    There is one team that has won at Centurylink this year and they are probably the best team not to make the playoffs.

  18. hmpennypacker says: Jan 14, 2014 2:30 AM

    If we win in Seattle on Sunday we will the super bowl. We’ve beaten the Pats before and we’re built to beat the Broncos as we can run the ball & they have a bad secondary. Biggest factor in Seattle isn’t the team, its the crowd.

  19. tejguy says: Jan 14, 2014 2:30 AM

    Kaepernick thinks recent endorsement experiences will help in Seattle.

    He better get those Beats headphone for the rest of the offense, it’s going to be a battle up there.

    We will see whose the man, whose the man, whose the man.

  20. paythevig says: Jan 14, 2014 11:14 AM

    Thrilla in Manilla, Ali vs. Fraizer part 3.

    Both teams have proven to be the best teams of the NFC, and it speaks volumes about how far the NFC West has come.

    I’ll be honest, i’d feel way more comfortable if this game were played in San Francisco. We couldn’t win the division, so we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.

    There’s going to be a lot of trash talk between fanbases, but before the inevitable, I just want to say the following:

    Seattle – i, like many niner fans truly respect your team, and most of your fanbase. (every side has their share of morons).

    This will be a great matchup, and a chance for the niners to shake off their demons of playing in your house. You truly have the best homefield advantage and its the fans that make it such.

    I have a lot of confidence in the niners if they can adjust the issues that they’ve faced the last to visits up north.

    That being said, if San Fran loses, i have nothing but support for Seattle to win the whole thing.

    May the best team win this dog fight.

  21. thegrigga49 says: Jan 14, 2014 12:37 PM

    This game will be the most physical game in the league this season. The 49ers are big game battle tested and The Hawks aren’t. The 49ers are about the show the entire world they are and have been the best, most consistent team in the NFL over the last 3 seasons.

  22. luccabrazzi says: Jan 14, 2014 6:19 PM

    I believe the niners win. They’re playing the best ball right now. Russ Wilson has to be better than he has been his last couple games to give his team a chance. And honestly, i think he is who he is, a slightly better than average qb (which is good enough), however i think Kap is a better playmaker with better days ahead of him. Niners win 24-17

  23. realitycheckbaby says: Jan 14, 2014 9:06 PM

    hmpennypacker says:
    Jan 14, 2014 2:30 AM

    If we win in Seattle on Sunday we will the super bowl. We’ve beaten the Pats before and we’re built to beat the Broncos as we can run the ball & they have a bad secondary. Biggest factor in Seattle isn’t the team, its the crowd
    ========+==+++++++

    Funny how a 3 pt win in SF is somehow “proof” SF is better and will win on Sea.

  24. realitycheckbaby says: Jan 14, 2014 9:10 PM

    luccabrazzi says:
    Jan 14, 2014 6:19 PM

    I believe the niners win. They’re playing the best ball right now. Russ Wilson has to be better than he has been his last couple games to give his team a chance. And honestly, i think he is who he is, a slightly better than average qb (which is good enough), however i think Kap is a better playmaker with better days ahead of him. Niners win 24-17
    =====================

    Solid points. After all Kap is 1-2 vs Wilcox and even in the ‘mighty’ 2 pt home win Wilson had a better QB rating.

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