Tarell Brown is headed to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, and the San Francisco 49ers deserve it. They shut out the Atlanta Falcons’ offense in the second half of the NFC Championship Game and erased a 17-point deficit on the road.
Brown had eight solo tackles against the Falcons and came away with an interception against the Packers in the NFC Divisional Round. The 49ers cornerback spoke on the excitement of reaching Super Sunday and the media hype surrounding the Harbaugh brother matchup.
Tarell Brown joined Fox Sports Radio with Petros and Money to discuss the excitement of making Super Bowl XLVII, shutting out the Atlanta Falcons’ offense in the second half of the NFC Championship Game, Jim Harbaugh coaching against John Harbaugh, the 49ers’ defense reacting to the quarterback change with Colin Kaepernick and Jim Harbaugh’s coaching style having a domino effect on the players.
How long do you let the excitement of making the Super Bowl set in before getting focused?
“We are enjoying it a little bit right now, but for the most part everybody is business as usual and it’s time to get back to it and get back to the preparation and what got us to this point right now, and that’s how we prepared throughout the week, getting ourselves ready to play a football team.”
What did you guys figure out in the second half to shut down the Falcons’ offense?
“Really just guys winning their one-on-one matchups. Julio Jones made a lot of great catches; he’s a good receiver. I think he is going to be one of the top receivers in the league for awhile, and they just did a great job of game-planning and coming out and starting fast. We started off a little sluggish. The crowd noise was definitely a factor for us for a little while, but everybody settled in and we felt like they gave us their best shot and we came out with the victory.”
Has your coach Jim Harbaugh said anything about coaching against his brother in the Super Bowl next weekend and the attention surrounding it?
“No he hasn’t. He’s kept it normal. I think he’s downplayed it a lot. We understand it is going to get a lot of media attention just because of the situation and the two coaches being brothers, but at the end of the day the most important thing is that it is the 49ers against the Ravens.”
What’s the defense thinking when you hear there is going to be a quarterback change with Colin Kaepernick becoming the starter?
“We really didn’t focus too much on it. We respect Coach and we support our coach with every decision that he makes. He goes with his guy and we make sure to keep us in the game, so we can put points on the board.”
How crazy is Jim Harbaugh? How about that reaction on the sideline when that ball was called a catch?
“Nah, not at all. He’s just passionate about what he does. It’s a domino effect. I think our whole coaching staff trickles down to the players as well, with the passion and atmosphere and the time we put in day-in and day-out. That’s an opportunity not a lot of people get to see. We put in so much time and so much effort away from our family to be good and to be great at something. We really feel like we accomplished something.”