49ers considering staying on east coast if they win

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The San Francisco 49ers are considering staying on the east coast if they win in the wild card round, as opposed to traveling back to California in between matchups against the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers.

The San Francisco 49ers are no strangers to prolonged road trips. Head coach Jim Harbaugh has elected to keep the 49ers on the east coast multiple times when the team has back-to-back games on that side of the country. We could see the same thing in the playoffs as well, as noted by Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

San Francisco will travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers for a Wild Card matchup on Sunday. If the 49ers win that game, and the New Orleans Saints beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, then the 49ers would travel to take on the Carolina Panthers in the Divisional round.

If the Eagles win, then the 49ers will head back to the west coast to play the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks, which would make all of this a moot point.

Harbaugh said that he's "given it some thought," though given the nature of Harbaugh and how he deals with the media, it's unlikely he confirms such a situation until the 49ers are actually victorious against the Packers. Harbaugh is not one to rush into decisions that depend on things that have not happened yet — or at least he's not one to admit to doing so to the media.

One issue with doing it this time around, as Maiocco notes, is that the previous trips were planned months in advance. Accommodations and practice amenities aren't going to be so easy to arrange for the 49ers on short notice, so a return to San Francisco might be required.

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