SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh is apparently riding out two superstitions: his 49ers are undefeated when he wears cleats during games, and they are also undefeated when the team leaves on Fridays for road playoff games.
The 49ers typically don't fly to Seattle until the day before games. This Sunday's trip is unlike any other to the Emerald City. The NFL Championship is at stake, and the 49ers will leave their practice facility during Friday's "rush" hour (4:45 p.m.) to get up to Seattle.
Friday departures preceded the 49ers' playoff wins the past two Sundays, to Green Bay and Carolina. Also, Harbaugh's 49ers won last season's NFC Championship after arriving in Atlanta on a Friday. (They arrived in New Orleans on a Sunday night before losing last season's Super Bowl a week later.)
When it comes to travel, the 49ers covered an NFL-high 32,948 miles before this playoff run away from Candlestick Park. Nearly another 10,000 miles will have been added to their jet-lagged bodies through these NFC playoffs.
All those frequent-flier miles won't get the 49ers a free, cross-country trip to their ideal, final destination. That would be a 5,102-mile, round-trip journey to East Rutherford, N.J., site of Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.
Here is the 49ers' lineup for who'll be speaking in the media tent this week:
Wednesday: Jim Harbaugh, Anquan Boldin, Patrick Willis and Colin Kaepernick.
Thursday: Jim Harbaugh, Vic Fangio, Greg Roman, Michael Crabtree and NaVorro Bowman. (Left tackle Joe Staley will be on a national media conference call.)
Friday: Jim Harbaugh, Justin Smith and Colin Kaepernick.
By the way, Harbaugh is 8-0 when wearing his black cleats on the sideline. Bet he can't wait to be asked about that for three consecutive days.