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Richard Sherman's birthday message for Jim Harbaugh

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh won't take away fond memories from his 49th birthday. The 49ers were crushed in prime time by the Seattle Seahawks. The cake won't go down easy.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman -- who played for Harbaugh at Stanford -- had a special message for his old coach.

"Oh yeah, happy birthday Coach Harbaugh," Sherman told NFL Network's Michelle Beisner on Sunday night, moments after Seattle's 42-13 win. "Hope you enjoyed it."

Harbaugh didn't give the media much in his postgame availability, maintaining a low-key demeanor in describing his team's poor effort in a game that could've clinched the NFC West for San Francisco. He did confirm Colin Kaepernick will remain the starting quarterback next Sunday, when the 49ers try to clinch the division title against the Arizona Cardinals.

On Sunday, Kaepernick completed 19 of 36 passes for 244 yards and one touchdown with an interception as he led an offense that looked nothing like the unit that poured it on against the New England Patriots last week.

Kaepernick's huge game in Foxborough had the effect of pushing backup Alex Smith into the deep background. That's likely where he'll stay for the balance of the season.

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