In New Orleans there's a French saying, “Bonne Chance,” meaning good luck. And people in the Crescent City don't take chances with their luck -- if that makes any sense. There is the tradition of gris gris bags to bring luck; and the legend of voodoo priestesss Marie Laveau, who responds to those asking for her help at her gravesite. Also, there's the good luck tradition of finding a hidden prize in king cake, a Mardi Gras staple dessert.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a bit of the bonne chance on his side heading into Super Bowl XLVII. No, he doesn't have any silly superstitions. It's more of his history with the team and the city of New Orleans that gives him good mojo.
New Orleans is where Kaepernick made his first road start, second overall, in a 31-21 win over the Saints. Alex Smith was cleared to play in the game, which was supposed to be a rematch of the 2012 playoffs. However, coach Jim Harbaugh decided to stick with Kaepernick's hot hand.
Kaepernick rushed for one touchdown, threw for another and completed 16 of 25 passes for 231 yards at the Superdome. Because of that Week 12 decision, 49ers nation is invading the Big Easy this week for Super Bowl XLVII.
“I described it in my own personality, we did what we thought was best for the team,” Harbaugh said. “We did what we thought would give us the best chance to win games. That's my personality.”
Kaepernick believes it will be good to be familiar with the Superdome but in the end he still has to go out there and perform.
Bonne chance strikes Kaepernick again because he's a member of the 49ers, a team that is undefeated in the Super Bowl. No team, other than the 49ers, has appeared in multiple Super Bowls and gone undefeated. As a quarterback, Harbaugh experienced some of those 49ers teams in the 80s.
“What I remember, I played against some of those teams. As you described, [they were] dominant,” Harbaugh said. “The organization has a tremendous history and we're very proud of it.
If history decides to repeat itself the 49ers could be lifting the Lombardi Trophy or their Super Bowl luck could finally run out and Baltimore could be victorious this time.
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