Harbaugh leads 49ers back to NFC championship

    2014-01-14 14:27

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By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Jim Harbaugh pirouetted in frustration following a personal foul on Dan Skuta. He got hit with his own unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing following a catch by Vernon Davis that went to review before being ruled a touchdown.

Harbaugh has been at his emotional best - or, to some, worst - in leading San Francisco back to the NFC championship game for the third time in as many years since taking over as 49ers head coach in January 2011.

Sunday should be no different when Harbaugh faces off once more against the rival Seattle Seahawks with that familiar coaching sideshow with Pete Carroll. This time, there's a Super Bowl berth on the line.

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But if you ask Harbaugh, ''What's your deal?'' is so five years ago - ''irrelevant, irrelevant.''

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