49ers break tradition to stick with successful playoff routine

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49ers break tradition to stick with successful playoff routine
January 15, 2014, 7:15 am
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Mike Iupati: “It’s been fun. We don’t mind the trips. We don’t mind the routine." (USATSI)

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After taking successful business trips to Green Bay and Carolina in back-to-back weeks, the 49ers are preparing as if they’re traveling a couple time zones away this weekend.

Typically, the 49ers travel the day before games that are played in the same time zone. But they will board their chartered plane Friday afternoon to arrive at their downtown Seattle hotel at 8 p.m. The 49ers and Seahawks meet in the NFC Championship game Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

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By now, the routine is familiar to the 49ers. They finished the season with a victory at the Arizona Cardinals, who entered the last week of the regular season with their playoff hopes alive. Then, they defeated the Packers and Panthers on the road to set up the much-anticipated showdown with the Seahawks.

“It’s been fun,” 49ers guard Mike Iupati said. “We don’t mind the trips. We don’t mind the routine. Come home from a win on Sunday, leave for another one on Friday, and come home the following Sunday. Hopefully we can come home from Seattle with another one.”

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The 49ers closed out Candlestick Park with a 6-2 record. On the road, the 49ers are 8-2, including a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.

“Spent a lot of time together, and that’s prepared us for what we're going through now,” 49ers linebacker Dan Skuta said. “We've won three on the road. I've actually enjoyed it. We all get along."