Here is the lead to today’s column about Jim Harbaugh:

There is so much at stake for Jim Harbaugh today. Every week, there is so much at stake for his reputation and his standing among NFL coaches.

Those statements probably seem hard to believe. He’s already shown he’s the boy wonder as coach — although, he’s not such a boy anymore. What possibly could be at stake for him today in the NFC championship game against the Falcons?

Just this. If Harbaugh loses, he didn’t make progress from his first season. He got to the exact same spot and stopped dead. See you later, Jim. Have an enjoyable offseason.

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  1. Brodie2Washington

    If the 49ers lose today, the likely culprit will the freak cluster of injuries at Aldon Smith’s backup spot.

    Haralson and the two OLB draftees were injured in pre-season. Dobbs was injured mid-season. Aldon is gassed, plain and simple.

    Another contributing factor is injuries to Bears game stars Manningham and Williams.

    The NFC West is much better then 2011. The schedule was much harder. I’d say Harbaugh did a great coaching job getting the Niners to this point.

    January 20th, 2013 9:18 am

  2. chris

    yeah Harbaugh has done alot in a short time, and the niners should win today. But I still get this weird vibe from Harbaugh of self destruction…….last year it was the bizarre play by Kyle Williams. This year it might be the Crabtree distraction……..and a team favored to go to the Super Bowl not winning more than 2 games in a row is really weird. And Atlanta does pose some problems. A big running back like the Rams have, and a defense that will be ready for a running QB. I always like to watch and old NFC/AFC title game from my collection before todays current one. Watching the 1985 Bears Rams NFC title……now that was defense the Bears played unlike todays NFL D.

    January 20th, 2013 10:40 am

  3. htwaits

    As my grandpa used to say, “Poppycock!”

    January 20th, 2013 10:40 am

  4. Neal

    I don’t think this game is doom or gloom, we have a QB now, much better offense, who is as good as the defense now, along with a ton of draft picks. Also the Luck RG3 question was stupid, it is very old news, nothing new came about it. He said he tried to draft RG3 last year

    January 20th, 2013 10:45 am

  5. Stan

    When he said ” I’m taking names”..wasn’t that for those who doubted Alex Smith? Then he replaced Alex Smith.
    But,man can he sure coach!

    January 20th, 2013 11:01 am

  6. Johnc

    If Forty Niners lose today it will be due to a butt kicking in all aspects of the game ala their last Seahawk fiasco. Atlanta are making the plays..hard to stop perfect execution.

    January 20th, 2013 12:51 pm

  7. K.G.

    Game over…SF 49ers win, let the “Hype” begin…

    January 20th, 2013 3:08 pm

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    January 20th, 2013 3:39 pm

  9. Mark M

    a whole lot of irrelevant negativity now, in retrospect! Niners Rock!!!

    January 20th, 2013 3:58 pm

  10. Stan

    It wasn’t the 38-24 49ers I predicted on game day. The crystal ball,once again, was smudged. Must have been the chicken grease.

    January 20th, 2013 4:18 pm

  11. Bob In Portland

    Right now it looks like what’s at stake for Jim Harbaugh is whether he or his brother get to sit closer to dad at the dinner table.

    January 20th, 2013 7:17 pm

  12. Nancy R

    I like real stuff more than speculation – like Harbaugh. Hearing all the “we love each other” stuff (I liked it!) in the Falcon locker room last night after the fabulous Falcon game Harbaugh the Elder seems a lot nicer than Harbaugh the Younger. He’s much cuddlier.
    What a match up we’ve got! Whooo Hooo!

    January 21st, 2013 6:17 am

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