The Around Dublin Blog would like to congratulate the San Francisco 49ers on finishing another thrilling season. Coach Jim Harbaugh took the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Dome in New Orleans to face the Baltimore Ravens, coached by older brother John Harbaugh. Jim and John are the first pair of brothers in NFL history to serve as head coaches. Although the San Francisco 49ers failed to bring home their sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy, the team, now with Jim Harbaugh as Head Coach, is poised to bring one home soon. For the San Francisco 49ers, it was their first-ever Super Bowl loss, 34-31.
The San Francisco 49ers started the season with a 6-2 record. In Week 10, league-leading Quarterback Alex Smith suffered a concussion in the second quarter against the St. Louis Rams. He stayed in the game long enough to throw a touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree despite blurred vision. Smith was then replaced by second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round in 2011. The game ended in a 24–24 tie. The concussion caused Smith to miss the following game, in which Kaepernick went 16 for 23 for 243 yards with two touchdowns and a 32–7 win over the Chicago Bears. Impressed by Kaepernick’s performance, Harbaugh ignore his own rule that no player should lose his starting job due to an injury and made Kaepernick the team’s new starting quarterback.
The San Francisco 49ers finished the regular season 11-4-1 and went into the playoffs as the second seed in the NFC for the second straight year. In their first game in the 2012 playoffs, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 45-31. They advanced to NFC Championship for the second straight year. On January 20th, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 as the NFC Champions to advance to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.