SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Unlike the first two years of the Jim Harbaugh era, the San Francisco 49ers are taking the hard road through the playoffs.Instead of coming fresh off a bye, the 49ers are now preparing for their second playoff game.It doesn't seem to be bothering them.Wednesday, 6-foot-8 guard Alex Boone crashed through a sea of reporters to dunk a mini basketball into a garbage can held by another offensive lineman over the head of a clueless quarterback Colin Kaepernick as he conducted his mid-week presser.