Prepping for the 49ers' two-game road trip

September 24, 2011, 3:32 pm
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The 49ers on Friday rolled out of Santa Clara on a two-game, 10-day, nine-night road trip that'll take them to Cincinnati, Youngstown, Ohio, and Philadelphia.Between their back-to-back Eastern time zone games against the Bengals on Sunday and the Eagles on Oct. 2, the 49ers will train and practice in Youngstown -- hometowns of the DeBartolo and York families.When asked what's the reasoning for the extended stay, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said there were several factors."The two back-to-back East Coast games, No. 1, take the air travel out of it, some of the jet lag out of that," he said. "Also, I feel like we have a team that enjoys each other's company. This is a chance for them to be close to each other all week leading up to a big game. Also, families that are in the Midwest and East Coast, let them be around and be a part of it."Last year, the 49ers spent a similar duration on the road between games in Charlotte, N.C., and London. The 49ers left for London immediately after their Week 7 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos, 24-16, in London.Obviously, it's no coincidence Youngstown was chosen as the 49ers' home away from home."Ownership is from there and have good connections," Harbaugh said. "We'll have first-class treatment at the Youngstown State facility."The only major differences are that the 49ers took the eight players on their practice squad and all their video equipment. More crates of equipment and supplies were packed and transported on the team charter.Running back Anthony Dixon, who turned 24 on Saturday, expressed his feelings on Twitter: "Why my birthday gotta be the day before a big game! And why we gotta stay in Youngstown Ohio? Where is that? I never been there! I'm sad!"Said receiver Josh Morgan said, "As long as they feed us and let us play football, I'm good."

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