Category: Sports / February 1, 2013 10:05 AM EST
It has been 18 years since the 49ers last appeared in a Super Bowl - their fifth victory coming against San Diego Chargers in Miami in 1994 - and in that time the franchise endured some poor seasons.
Six straight years of losing records from 2003 tested the patience of even the most loyal of Niners fans but while change was to come, particularly on the coaching side, the franchise resisted the temptation to make it wholesale.
Jim Harbaugh, who took over as head coach for the 2011 season, has rightly earned much of the credit after he arrived from Stanford University where he had tremendous success.
"Well, if we are to win this game it's going to be earned, would be the adjective that I would use, this is a tremendous Baltimore Ravens team...offensively, defensively, special teams, strong, tough, big men that play in the lines."
Now the Niners have a chance to add their names to the famous wins of the past - the Super Bowl triumphs with quarterback Joe Montana and later Steve Young.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl wins, with six triumphs in eight appearances, and the Dallas Cowboys have five wins from eight, but the Niners are the only team to have appeared in multiple Super Bowls and won each of them.
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