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NEW ORLEANS -- Winds from the aftermath of a Wednesday storm sent the San Francisco 49ers into the New Orleans Saints' indoor practice facility for their first full practice in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII.

But the 49ers also breezed through the 95-minute session so efficiently that coach Jim Harbaugh got through all of his team's work with approximately 15 minutes to spare. To say the least, the practice was spirited and focused.

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"We were going to go outside and practice but the winds were a little too much," Harbaugh said. "We were worried about taking the lifts (for team photographers) too high. The winds were 20 to 25 miles an hour and we don't want to send our guys up there in those conditions."

The weird sight was seeing the practice with a Sean Payton "Do Your Job" picture overlooking every 49ers play. Harbaugh, in fact, stood near an end zone in which a picture celebrating the Saints' win in Super Bowl XLIV hung proudly above him, and Harbaugh had no problem with that.

"We're in their house," Harbaugh said. "We try to respect their hospitality."

Despite the winds, the 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens got a break when the rainy weather cleared up before noon. Lines of storm cells went through Southern Louisiana with heavy rain and threats of bad winds Wednesday morning, causing the NFL to make arrangements for indoor facilities for both teams if needed.

The 49ers are training at the Saints' headquarters in Metairie, La., but they had no worries because the Saints have an indoor practice facility. Because Tulane University doesn't have an indoor practice area, the Baltimore Ravens would have been forced to practice at the Saints' complex, which would have put both Harbaughs in the same practice facility on the same afternoon five days before the Super Bowl.

Thanks to the improving weather, each Harbaugh had their separate practices on time. The 49ers would have had to move their practice up an hour to accommodate but that wasn't needed.

"The Ravens had access to it," Harbaugh said. "That would have been no trouble at all."

The 49ers had all 53 players on the field, but linebacker Ahmad Brooks (shoulder) and Aldon Smith (shoulder) were limited. Tight end Garrett Celek, who missed some time last week with a foot injury, practiced without limitation.

Responding to reports that Brooks has an AC Joint sprain, Harbaugh said, "I don't get into what those guys have. If they want to give that information, that's fine. I always feel uncomfortable saying what a player has."

The 49ers worked on all aspects of their game -- offense, defense and special teams.

"I thought our guys were excited to get out here on the practice field," Harbaugh said. "The team understands a lot more about the Super Bowl. But they were excited to get out there on the field and do what they do."

Harbaugh once again praised the focus on this team.

"That is something we don't coach them up on, not bringing cameras or video cameras, no doing it or not doing it." Harbaugh said. "We trust our team because that's who we are. This is the most focused group on unity and winning I've been around."

A little more than a month after the fatal shooting of 26 students and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the NFL announced that the school will be represented in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the NFL will fly in the Sandy Hook chorus and their families to perform "America the Beautiful," which will air live as part of CBS' pregame show, just before Alicia Keys' rendition of the national anthem.

Since the Dec. 14 shooting rampage, the NFL has supported Newtown victims and survivors via charitable donations, moments of silence before games, a black-ribbon logo on helmets and "S.H.E.S." decals on players' equipment.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones pointed to early season losses to the Seattle Seahawks andChicago Bears when he explained the decision to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

"I didn't like the way we were playing in a lot of cases," Jones said in a taped interview that KTVT-TV aired Wednesday, via ESPNDallas.com. "I thought we could play better before the injuries, and so I factored that in. It wasn't like we had a lot of injuries out here when we played Chicago. It wasn't like we had a lot of injuries when we played Seattle. I didn't like the way we played there.

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"It's not hard for me to go to those games and say what can we do to improve when we played Seattle and when we played Chicago, and I liked the way we played in subsequent games, and I know we didn't have the talent level on the field that we had when we played Seattle and Chicago."

The Cowboys lost 27-7 to the Seahawks in Week 2, but two first-quarter turnovers by the special-teams unit put Dallas down 10-0. The Cowboys lost to the Bears 34-18in Week 4, but Tony Romo threw five interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns.

The Cowboys' defense was down five starters for most of the season, and Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Warewas extremely limited down the stretch because of shoulder and elbow injuries.

Some Cowboys players were shocked by the news of Ryan's firing while Ryan basically laughed at the organization and said, "I'll be out of work for like five minutes."

There are plenty of issues in Dallas, and Jones said he wanted things to be "very uncomfortable" this offseason. Moving on from Ryan isn't unreasonable. But using those two games as the foundation of the decision seems a bit misguided.