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02/02/2013 12:24 am ET

San Francisco 49ers' Road To Super Bowl XLVII

AP

Jim Harbaugh's decision to switch quarterbacks during the San Francisco 49ers' season made all the difference to the two players involved, but you'd hardly tell that such a monumental shift occurred merely by looking at the team's win-loss record.

With Alex Smith under center, the 49ers opened up with a 6-2 record. In their first game back from a Week 9 bye, Smith suffered a concussion against the Rams and second-year, second-stringer Colin Kaepernick took over. That game resulted in a rare tie but San Francisco soon got back to its winning ways. Following two straight Kaepernick-powered wins, Harbaugh chose to go with the "hot hand" even though Smith was available. A week later, coming off a loss to the Rams, Harbaugh decided to stick with Kaepernick and never looked back.

The result? Kaepernick went 5-2 as the starting quarterback to finish the regular season, then delivered two stunning performances in the playoffs leading the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII.

Before Super Bowl XLVII kicks off, take a look back the 49ers' road to New Orleans:

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49ers' Road To Super Bowl XLVII

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