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OWINGS MILLS, Maryland – The reminders were just about everywhere of the one that got away.
The Lombardi Trophy from the Baltimore Ravens’ victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII is displayed in the front lobby of the complex the 49ers shared for the past three days. And in the fieldhouse, which served as the hub of the 49ers’ operation, there hung a large banner that trumpeted the Ravens’ title victory from February 2013.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about a couple of times,” 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis said.
The franchise's sixth Super Bowl title continues to be a goal that appears within reach as the 49ers spent three days practicing with the Ravens.
“I told NaVorro (Bowman) one time, ‘We got to get back,’” Willis said. “And if we get back, we’re bringing it home. That’s the hunger. That’s what you fight for, and that’s what we’re going back after this year, one game at a time.”
On the first day the 49ers arrived for practice, coach Jim Harbaugh was asked if it “irks” him that he has not beaten his brother’s team.
“Yeah, we want to win those games,” Harbaugh said. “Like I said, I have great respect for their team and how they do it. When we don’t play them, we root for them. Definitely want to get good work this week. That’s the objective.”
On Monday, Harbaugh wore his trademark black 49ers fleece. Coincidentally, this one had the Super Bowl XLVII logo affixed to the right sleeve.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he has turned the page from the 49ers’ 34-31 loss to the Ravens at the Superdome in New Orleans.
“You have to move on from that,” Kaepernick said. “At this point, that’s two years ago. We’re focused on this season and getting better and trying to win a Super Bowl this year. This is the best way for us to get better, so we came out here, we practiced and tried to get ourselves better and the Ravens better.”
The 49ers and Ravens are scheduled to play a regular season game in 2015 at Levi’s Stadium. But Jim Harbaugh left the Baltimore area on Monday at least considering the possibility of his team meeting the Ravens in the final game of the season.
“We’d like to do it in February,” he said. “That would be outstanding.”
Super Bowl XLIX will take place February 1, 2015, in Glendale, Arizona.