"The 49ers have arrived on Super Bowl soil for the first time since San Francisco routed San Diego in Super Bowl XXXIX at Miami.
The 49ers' Delta charter touched down at Louis Armstrong International Airport at 5:57 p.m. PST, and every player who exited the 747 did so with one purpose in mind: defeat Baltimore in Super Bowl XLVII.
A victory over the Ravens would give the 49ers a sixth Super Bowl victory, tying Pittsburgh for the most in NFL history.
"There's a great 49ers history, and we're proud of that," head coach Jim Harbaugh said at a Sunday night news conference at the Marriott, the team's headquarters. "This is new business, and our team is focused on winning a championship."
The coaches and players know the 49ers have not lost a Super Bowl. Tradition is important to them.
"You walk through the facility and all the past Lombardi trophies that we've won," tackle Joe Staley said. "They're proudly displayed.
"It's a rich tradition there. You're reminded of that with the fan base as well. The '80s, a lot of the people you meet in the community said they became fans of the 49ers in the '80s when they were young.