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Saturday, October 15, 2011
With Harbaugh, 49ers conquer alarm clocks

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

For years, San Francisco 49ers president Jed York has lobbied against 10 a.m. PT kickoffs for West Coast teams playing in the Eastern time zone.

All he needed was a new coaching staff led by Jim Harbaugh, apparently.

The 49ers are 2-0 in non-division games kicking off at 10 a.m. PT this season, up from 2-25 (.074) over the previous six seasons.

They'll get a chance to turn 2-0 into 3-0 when they face the 5-0 Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday. I'm making my way across the country to Detroit and looking forward to the game.

This trip marks the 49ers' fourth against an NFC North team on the road since 2009. They lost at Green Bay last season and in 2009. They nearly beat Minnesota in that memorable 2009 game featuring Brett Favre's improbable touchdown pass in the final seconds.

The chart shows the 49ers' record in 10 a.m. PT games outside the division and excluding the team's game in London, a victory against Denver.