Jim Harbaugh’s Departure Confirmed After 49ers’ Win

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The 49ers won 20-17. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A San Francisco 49ers fan holds up a sign for head coach Jim Harbaugh after an NFL football game between the 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The 49ers won 20-17. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
A San Francisco 49ers fan holds up a sign for head coach Jim Harbaugh after an NFL football game between the 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The 49ers won 20-17. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Eric Branch, SAN FRANCISCO GATE

 

SAN FRANCISCO (SFGate.com)—The last big play of the Jim Harbaugh era resulted in a fitting gift for the pigskin-obsessed head coach: a football.

After Craig Dahl sealed the 49ers’ 20-17 win over Arizona with a late-game interception in the season finale Sunday afternoon, the safety ran to Harbaugh on the sideline and offered him the prize, along with a few heartfelt words.

“Congratulations,” Dahl said to Harbaugh. “Thank you, coach.”

Moments later, as the final seconds ticked down, linebacker Nick Moody and wide receiver Quinton Patton dumped the contents of a Gatorade tub on Harbaugh, the head coach who clearly had a far healthier relationship with his players than with the front office.

 

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