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Niners not overly worried about clock issues

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Jim Harbaugh
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  • San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh talks to the 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during a time out in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.
Niners coach Jim Harbaugh has been criticized for his early use of timeouts in last week’s playoff win against the Green Bay Packers, but if you ask him, he did just fine.

San Francisco called its first two timeouts of each half early in the first and third quarters, leaving the team with little to work with should it have been short on time near the end of either half.

“Each one of those circumstances had a little different flavor to it, as to why we had to use the timeout.” he said. “I’d give us an A for our overall handling of the situation, the noise, the environment and winning the game. I won’t call it a 100 percent, but somewhere in the 90s, on the A grading scale.”

Quarterback Colin Kapernick, who made things worse when he took of his wristband that lists the plays and left it in his locker at halftime, admitted burning those timeouts was not ideal.

“It’s not something you want to do,” he said. “But sometimes it’s necessary. You want to have things right. You don’t want to blow a play.”

Clock management may be key today in what should be a low-scoring game against the Carolina Panthers with two of the NFL’s best defenses on the field.