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Monday, January 13, 2014
49ers players save Jim Harbaugh

By Bill Williamson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh can get carried away.

It happened again Sunday at Carolina. But a great catch by Vernon Davis saved the coach from hurting his team.

Harbaugh was penalized after Davis’ catch was ruled incomplete in the end zone with five seconds remaining in the first half. Harbaugh ran onto the field trying to get an officials' attention. He was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Upon review, the play was overturned and Davis was credited with a one-yard touchdown reception that gave the Niners a 13-10 lead at halftime. Harbaugh’s penalty was applied on the kickoff.

"Not happy about it,” Harbaugh said. “Dodged a bullet though. It didn’t cost us. I’m pleased about that. I will try to do better. Our players made it right.”

Harbaugh praised veteran receiver Anquan Boldin for trying to get him off the field.

"Anquan was telling me to stay off the field," Harbaugh said. "He said, 'Coach, we can't have that. Get off the field.' And he was right."