Jim Harbaugh doesn’t seem like he’d be a superstitious guy. The San Francisco 49ers head coach is an intense individual who’s very serious about his football. But as of late, he’s adapted a new superstition. Every time he wears cleats on the sidelines instead of sneakers, the 49ers have won. The head coach recently explained the logic behind wearing cleats:
“The first thing that prompted [the cleats] was the scuffle I was trying to break up in Tennessee. No traction. I didn’t want to be in that situation again. Now I’m wearing the cleats because we’ve won every time I’ve worn the cleats. There was a time I was superstitious about not being superstitious. And I’m suddenly superstitious a little bit.”Advertisement
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As for the 49ers and their chances of making it back to the Super Bowl this season, they’re currently looking pretty good. Because they play in the tough NFC West, San Fran is likely going to be a Wild Card team if they make the playoffs, but that alone won’t stop them from making another run through the postseason. The Seattle Seahawks have been flying high all season, but Harbaugh’s team took care of them in week 14. Their victory showed the rest of the NFC that it can be done.
If the 49ers can jump over the Carolina Panthers going down the stretch, they’ll likely earn a much better Wild Card matchup against the four seed, which will likely be from the weak NFC North division.