Today’s the day for the San Francisco 49ers, their head coach, Jim Harbaugh, and for the team’s legion of loyal and moderately long-suffering fans (I write from the perspective of a Chicago Cubs partisan). For the players, it’s time to see how much postseason glory their fine 13-3 regular season will buy them. For Harbaugh, it may be the defining moment of a wildly successful rookie season as the team’s spiritual and strategic leader: In the New Orleans Saints, the Niners are up against a frighteningly efficient offensive machine. And for fans–finally a day to get worked up about a game that really means something.

Enough of the set-up. Game time is at 1:35 p.m. PST on Fox (Channel 2 in the Bay Area). For pregame hors d’oeuvres, let me offer up a little radio chips and salsa:

First: Sports talk host Rick Tittle from San Francisco’s 95.7-FM The Game, broke down today’s 49ers-Saints contest with KQED News host Kelly Wilkinson yesterday afternoon. He even predicts the outcome. Here’s the link: 49ers Faithful Brace for the Playoffs.

Second: Here’s a piece I did for NPR’s Only A Game a couple weeks ago that focuses on Harbaugh’s role in the team’s winning season (and what fans think about the coach). It’s here: Jim Harbaugh Inspires 49ers to Division Title.


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke (Twitter: @danbrekke) has worked in media ever since Nixon's first term, when newspapers were still using hot type. He had moved on to online news by the time Bill Clinton met Monica Lewinsky. He's been at KQED since 2007, is an enthusiastic practitioner of radio and online journalism and will talk to you about absolutely anything. Reach Dan Brekke at

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