Jim Harbaugh left the Stanford Cardinal to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers before the 2010 NFL Playoffs had even ended.
Upon arriving in San Francisco, Harbaugh turned a 6-10 team into NFC West Champions with a 13-3 record. Quarterback Alex Smith had his beast season thus far in his career and the already stout Niners defense became arguably the best in the league.
Harbaugh brought a different culture and attitude to the team that really ignited a fire amongst the players and it showed in the way they played throughout the season, earning the second seed in the NFC.
But heading into their divisional round matchup against the New Orleans Saints, many people were skeptical of San Francisco, wondering if they could win in the playoffs despite their lack of experience.
Well, Harbaugh—rookie head coach and all—silenced the doubters and has now won his first playoff game. In fact, they will get to hold their second home playoff game in a row when they face the New York Giants this weekend in the NFC Championship.
His former rival at USC, Pete Carroll, left the Pac-10 a year earlier than Harbaugh and has hardly found the sams success after squeaking into the playoffs in 2010.
Now the question is whether or not Harbaugh can sustain the success.