Manningham, Jacobs took different paths after joining 49ers

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Manningham, Jacobs took different paths after joining 49ers
January 29, 2013, 11:00 am
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Mario Manningham's season came to an end on Dec. 23 in Seattle. The 49ers released Brandon Jacobs on Dec. 31. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

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NEW ORLEANS -- The 49ers acquired two free agents from last year's Super Bowl champions in their bid to get to the top of the NFL this season.

Neither of those players will suit up for Sunday's title game against the Baltimore Ravens, but there's really no other comparison to be made about the contributions the 49ers received from wideout Mario Manningham and running back Brandon Jacobs.

Manningham, who two weeks ago underwent surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee, finished the regular season as the 49ers' No. 2 receiver with 42 catches for 449 yards and one touchdown despite playing in only 12 games. A Super Bowl hero a year ago for the New York Giants, Manningham maintained a positive attitude about his first season with the 49ers.

"It's not frustrating," he said. "I'm just blessed to leave one team that went to a Super Bowl and won, and come to another. Yeah, I wish I was playing, but things happen. I got injured. It ain't the end of the world. I'm not playing, but my team's playing."

Jacobs' team is not playing in Super Bowl XLVII, because he is no longer a member of the organization. Jacobs became increasingly agitated throughout the season when he failed to earn a role. He sustained a knee injury in the exhibition season, but even when he got healthy, he could not climb the depth chart.

[REWIND: 49ers release Jacobs]

Jacobs was inactive for 10 games, suited up but did not play in another, and saw limited playing time in two games. After being a significant member of two Super Bowl-winning teams in his seven seasons with the Giants, Jacobs' entire 2012 season consisted of five carries for 7 yards.

He complained about his play time via social media and was suspended for the final three games of the regular season for conduct detrimental to the team. The 49ers released him after the regular season.

[REWIND: 49ers suspend Jacobs for final three games]

Although Jacobs was suspended without pay, the 49ers agreed to pay Jacobs for two of the three weeks, a league source told CSNBayArea.com. His suspension cost him nearly $56,000. He still made $1.386 million from the 49ers.

Manningham was one of the stars in last year's Super Bowl. He made an amazing over-the-shoulder catch while managing to get both feet inbounds for a 38-yard catch on the Giants' game-winning drive in their 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots.

When he signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the 49ers in March, he figured he had to fulfill additional responsibility because of his experience, he said.

"I felt like I couldn't do nothing but be positive about the situation and go out and try to teach other guys some things," he said. "Just do what I got to do to be the best teammate and player I could be."

And as he watched "Media Day" from the stands at the Superdome, Manningham had advice for his teammates who were experiencing a Super Bowl for the first time.

"Just enjoy the moment because you never know when you're going to get back here," Manningham said. "Play like you ain't never played before. Play like your hair's on fire. Put it all on the line. You ain't got nothing to do next week. It ain't like you got a game. This is the last one. Finish on top."