NEW ORLEANS -- San Francisco 49ers Jim Harbaugh accomplished his coaching plan of trying to make Super Bowl week a normal week for his team both in practice and in preparation.
The players responded by being efficient. On Friday, the
held an 80-minute practice at the
New Orleans Saints
indoor facility in Metairie, La., with practice ending 15 minutes early. If you include Wednesday and Thursday, the
went through their normal week of work with 40 minutes less time on the practice field.
"We got everything done we normally do," Harbaugh said. "There were only one or two repeats. The whole tempo was good in and out of the huddle and that might reflect that the most. There was good attention to detail and a crisp tempo."
Harbaugh decided to practice indoors Friday because the
are playing in a dome Sunday. He said he thought it was better for the players to get used to the lights and the artificial turf surface rather than being outside as the team was Thursday.
The team also brought out the noise. The
used the "12 Man Crowd Simulator" on offense, defense and special teams, which was a first for this team.
"Normally, we would use the noise for just one side of the ball," Harbaugh said. "If it's a home game, we'd use it for the defense. If it's a road game, we'd use it for the offense and special teams. But this is a neutral site."
hit the ceiling several times with his powerful leg and had to lower his trajectory on some just to get his punts downfield.
"I'm glad he didn't hit those lights," Harbaugh said. "
didn't miss a kick all week. Those guys had good weeks."
Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah turns his trained eye on the
as they get ready for the big game.
coach also praised the way quarterback
has handled the three days of work in New Orleans.
"Exemplary," he said of his quarterback. "That's the way he always is since we've known him. This is always the way he handles himself -- a plus, plus. He's very focused on the game plan. He's ready to go."
were limited for the third consecutive day, but they will be listed as probable, according to Harbaugh. Any player with an injury will be probable, Harbaugh said.
will hold a walk through Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to conclude their preparation for
Super Bowl XLVII
. They also don't plan to move hotels Saturday night.
"We're staying at the hotel," he said. "Unless we change our mind."