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The San Francisco 49ers' road to the Super Bowl [Interactive timeline]

It's been an interesting road to Super Bowl XLVII for Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers. They began the season with one starting quarterback and entered December with another, made other changes (including removal of one very communicative running back) and eventually made it to the sport's top game. Peruse a timeline of the season's games using the "previous" and "next" buttons, then check out the Ravens version. dateseriesdescriptionlinkhtmlSep. 9, 2012San Francisco managed to contain a usually prolific Green Bay Packers offense, keeping quarterback Aaron Rodgers from getting into a rhythm until the game was decided.,0,5189772.story?page=2#___plusone_0Big win for 49ersSep. 16, 2012The San Francisco 49ers topped the Detroit Lions 27-19 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Niners' quarterback Alex Smith was 20-31 for 226 yards and two touchdown passes, both were to tight end Vernon Davis.,0,1505892.story49ers Top the Lions on Sunday NightSep. 23, 2012Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes to tight end Kyle Rudolph and ran for another score to help the Vikings hand the 49ers their first defeat, 24-13 on Sunday. After a dominant start to their NFC North tour by decisively beating playoff teams Green Bay and Detroit, the 49ers (2-1) were beaten in every way by the team least likely to do so.,0,1833734.storyPonder, Vikings stun 49ers 24-13Nov. 25, 2012Ahmad Brooks and Donte Whitner returned interceptions for touchdowns, the 49ers sacked Drew Brees five times, and San Francisco ended the New Orleans Saints¿ three-game winning streak, 31-21. use defense to beat Saints, 31-2Sep. 30, 2012Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback, had the best game of his career in the team's 34-0 blowout of the Jets, and looked more like how New York Jets fans might have envisioned Tim Tebow would be after their team traded with the Denver Broncos for him.,0,4631240.storyColin Kaepernick of 49ers beats Jets' Tim Tebow at his own gameDec. 23, 2012Expected to be a tight, hard-hitting national show between two teams and coaches with a profound disdain for each other, Sunday night's game devolved into a bludgeoning. The Seattle Seahawks earned their fourth consecutive victory with a 42-13 dismantling of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night in front of 68,161 manic fans at CenturyLink Field.,0,2385820.storySeahawks lock up playoff spot with winOct. 7, 2012For only the third time in his not-so-storied career, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith passed for 300 yards. It happened to help San Francisco rout the Buffalo Bills, 45-3, and establish a new team offense record at 621 yards.,0,5259861.storyAlex Smith has a hand in 49ers setting team offense recordDec. 9, 2012'A half-step,' San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson said after the 49ers' 27-13 win.,0,7221524.columnOnce again, Tannehill needs more helpOct. 14, 2012Losing the turnover battle served as the 49ers' ready-made excuse Sunday for their most lopsided defeat of coach Jim Harbaugh's tenure: 26-3 to the New York Giants at Candlestick Park. Francisco 49ers humbled by New York Giants 26-3Jan. 12, 2013Colin Kaepernick was sensational in his NFL playoff debut, rushing for 181 yards and two touchdowns and throwing for 263 yards and two touchdowns to lead the San Francisco 49ers to a 45-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers in an NFC divisional round game.,0,7512283.storyYouth wins out as 49ers' Kaepernick outplays Packers' RodgersOct. 18, 2012Running back Frank Gore pounded Seattle¿s defense for 131 yards and the 49ers defeated the Seahawks 13-6 on a Thursday night to become the sole leader atop the NFC West.,0,2013142.storySeahawks lose to 49ers, 13-6Dec. 2, 2012It took nearly 10 quarters to break the tie -- but the tie has been broken between the Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. Greg "The Leg" Zuerlein's 54-yard field goal in overtime gave the Rams a 16-13 victory over the 49ers on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. give 49ers the boot in OTOct. 29, 2012The Cardinals¿ Monday Night experience peaked when Jordin Sparks hit the last note of the national anthem and a flag the size of the football field was folded and put away. Soon after that, the 49ers folded and put away the Cardinals 24-3 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Francisco 49ers stuff Arizona CardinalsDec. 16, 2012The San Francisco 49ers earned a playoff berth by withstanding a stunning comeback by New England from a 28-point deficit to beat the Patriots 41-34 on Sunday night in the rain in Foxborough, Mass. roundup: 49ers hold off Patriots to clinch playoff berthNov. 11, 2012The San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams played 75...