Former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh admits Super Bowl loss still 'haunts' him but 'motivates' him every day
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San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan fielded questions about his missteps in previous Super Bowls.
"No," Shanahan responded to a question last week about whether he remains "haunted" by blowing a 28-3 lead against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. "It hurts. It doesn't kill you. You understand what happened. You understand you can handle it. You can take it."
While Shanahan may not be "haunted" by his clock management troubles when he was an offensive coordinator in that infamous big game or by his fourth quarter mistakes in Super Bowl LIV when he was in his third season as the 49ers head coach, he later described the losses as "heartbreaking."
"I've been able to coach in two Super Bowls and to lose either of them, both of them are heartbreaking," Shanahan said. Meanwhile, a former Niners coach still carries some regret for a similar heartbreaking Super Bowl defeat.
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Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field after the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Current Los Angeles Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh previously served as San Francisco's head coach from 2011-14. He took the Niners to Super Bowl XLVII, where they matched up with his brother, John, and the Baltimore Ravens.
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The 49ers went on to lose to the Ravens in 2013. Although more than a decade has passed since Harbaugh watched his team suffer the devastating 34-31 loss, the series of events remains