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49ers' Stunner Traceable to Harbaugh

Kyle Terada/US Presswire

The San Francisco 49ers, in pulling off a mesmerizing and historic 36-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints, did more than advance to next week’s NFC Championship Game by winning one of the greatest NFL games ever played.

They confirmed that Jim Harbaugh, the head coach whose very essence and presence has transformed this moribund franchise into a force to be reckoned with, is in the midst of the greatest rookie coaching performance in league history.

That’s what the NFL does: It reveals greatness, true greatness, under the ferocious klieg lights of playoff football. And in a game that saw four touchdowns in...

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