Harbaugh tips hat to Candlestick Park crowd

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Last week, Jim Harbaugh implored the San Francisco 49ers fan base to be boisterous Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks came to town.

He even brought Abraham Lincoln into his empassioned plea.

Monday, a day after the 49ers beat the Seahawks, 19-17 in a game that had a playoff feel, Harbaugh gave high praise to the Candlestick Park crowd, which was loud throughout the game.

"I thought it was outstanding," Harbaugh said of the crowd participation Sunday."It shows you what you can do when you put your mind to something. It was great support; a great atmosphere and hopefully we'll get that (in two weeks). We've got one more game."

The 49ers play their final game at Candlestick Park before moving to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara next year. The Candlestick Park finale will be Dec. 23, in a “Monday Night Football” game against Atlanta.

In other 49ers’ notes:

Harbaugh said he believes the 49ers came out of Sunday’s game healthy. He praised the play of left tackle Joe Staley. He played despite suffering a MCL sprain last week.

Harbaugh continued to laud the special teams unit. In addition to kicker Phil Dawson, who had four field goals Sunday and who has made his last 20 attempts in a row, Harbaugh pointed out the play of Kassim Osgood, Bubba Ventrone and C.J. Spillman against Seattle.

Harbaugh praised the offensive line in general for opening up a major hole for Frank Gore on his crucial 51-yard run in the fourth quarter that fueled the win Sunday.

Harbaugh praised the play of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who the 49ers visit Sunday. The Buccaneers are 4-9, but have won four of their last five games, including three in a row at home. The 49ers are 6-0 against teams with losing records.

Harbaugh congratulated good friend Tony LaRussa for being elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. Harbaugh said he used LaRussa as a sounding board.

Fans can purchase a pair of seats from Candlestick Park for $749.