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Jim Harbaugh: 'Exaggeration' to think Giants can't win

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh openly displays his distaste and boredom in dealing with the media. We enjoy the honesty, although we might feel differently if we were in the room with him every day.

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Then again, the guy is an outstanding quote. He was in rare form on Wednesday.

"Nothing's wrong except nothing's wrong," Harbaugh said, via Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, of the 49ers' recent hot streak. He wants his team to "stay paranoid."

The two quotes above give us a nice window into Harbaugh's soul. (And his dealings with the media.) They might be the defining Jim Harbaugh quotes. Harbaugh seems somewhat uncomfortable with being such a big favorite against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants this weekend. Harbaugh is more comfortable being an underdog.

Told by the New York media that Tom Coughlin told his team that no one is picking the Giants to win, Harbaugh said via Newsday, "I think that's probably an exaggeration."

Yep, he's staying paranoid. Like it or not, the 49ers are heavy favorites. Every Around the League writer picked them to win. It's the game of the weekend, no matter what Ian Rapoport's insane rankings say. We're looking forward to the matchup, but Harbaugh is not.

Games are like "sitting in a dentist chair getting root canal for three and a half hours," he said.

If games are that bad, we can't imagine what a conference call with New York reporters is like.

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