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.

49ers-Saints: NFL Playoff Appetizer 14 January,2012Dan Brekke


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area’s transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED’s comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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