San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says the comments Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride made about All-Pro defensive end Justin Smith are ''outrageous'' and ''incendiary.''
Gilbride says the 49ers' Smith ''does a good job of grabbing ahold of offensive linemen'' and ''never gets called for it so he gets away with murder.''
Harbaugh fired back Friday, saying Gilbride's ''outrageous, irrational statement'' about Smith is ''an absurd analogy'' and is an ''incendiary comment.''
New York is at San Francisco on Sunday, the first game between the teams since the Giants beat the 49ers 20-17 in overtime in the NFC championship game.
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