Candlestick crowd created playoff atmosphere

Harbaugh: 49ers fans were 'outstanding'

Candlestick crowd created playoff atmosphere
December 9, 2013, 1:15 pm
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The 49ers have one more regular season game in front of their fans at Candlestick, when they host the Falcons on Monday, December 23. (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO – The 49ers, apparently, have a home-field advantage, too.

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The 49ers’ 19-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday was the fifth straight win in head-to-head meetings at Candlestick Park. That streak includes a 3-0 record with Jim Harbaugh at the helm against Pete Carroll.

Although an internal memo in the 49ers’ marketing department was never sent to 49ers ticket holders, it got a lot of national attention. Fans were asked to wear red, be in their seats at kickoff and make noise when the Seahawks had the ball. The Seahawks are known to have one of the top home-field advantages in football. In the previous two games in Seattle, the 49ers were outscored 71-16.

Harbaugh was certainly not complaining on Monday about the participation of the 49ers’ home crowd.

“I thought it was outstanding,” Harbaugh said at his weekly press conference. “It shows what you can do when you put your mind to something. And it was great support, great atmosphere. Hopefully, we’ll get that – we got one more game.”

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The 49ers have one scheduled game remaining at Candlestick Park: Monday, Dec. 23, against the Atlanta Falcons. And while it is a long shot that the 49ers could host a playoff game, Harbaugh said he thought it felt like a postseason atmosphere.

“I thought it did,” he said. “The energy from the fans. Our fans are great. They know football. They know what’s at stake in each of these games, and it’s great to have that support.”