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December 9, 2013
Jim Harbaugh tips cap to embattled Candlestick crowd


The Candlestick crowd didn't set any Guinness records or cause the needle to flicker on the seismograph. But the fans got some recognition today from Jim Harbaugh, who last week urged them to pipe up with the Seahawks in town.

"I thought it was outstanding," Harbaugh said of the home-field advantage during San Francisco's 19-17 win. "It shows you what you can do when you put your mind to something. It was great support, a great atmosphere and hopefully we'll get that (in two weeks). We've got one more game."

It hasn't been the most auspicious few years for the home crowd, which has been in the news for stabbings and shootings and which was chided by both players and owner Jed York on Oct. 13 for performing the wave while opponent Calais Campbell lay on the field with what appeared to be a severe injury.

The contrast with the Seahawks fans, who set a Guinness record for crowd noise a week ago, also seemed stark last week after a 49ers marketing department memo titled, "Home-Field Advantage Plan for Gameday," was obtained by the media. The plan, among other things, reminded fans not to cheer loudly when the 49ers are on offense. "Save the noise for the play!" it urged.

On Sunday, the stands were full and fans were in their seat from the national anthem onward, something that hasn't always been the case at Candlestick. "Our fans are great," Harbaugh said today. "They know football. They know what's at stake in these games, and it's great to have their support."

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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