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Jim Harbaugh loses it in 49ers-Panthers game (GIF)

Jim Harbaugh is kind of an open book. (Grant Halverson / Getty Images)

Say this for San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh: He’s no man of mystery.

When Vernon Davis scored an apparent touchdown with 5 seconds left in the first half of the 49ers’ NFC divisional playoff game against the Carolina Panthers, the sideline could not contain him and he burst forth upon the field of play to lodge his protest with unwelcoming officials. Now, some NFL coaches do this fairly frequently and without consequence, but they don’t have the ferocity and raw emotion that Harbaugh displays on virtually every play. Officials flagged him for unsportsmanlike conduct for behavior that was unnecessary because the play was automatically available for review upstairs. Officials chose to do just that and the ruling was overturned, giving the 49ers a TD and rendering his protestations moot. Luckily for Harbaugh, the 15-yard penalty on the kickoff was moot, too, and the 49ers were up 13-10 at the half.


H/T World of Isaac for the GIF

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Ben Sumner · January 11, 2014

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