SANTA CLARA -- Either the 49ers or Houston Texans will improve to 3-2 with a win Sunday night, and while that may not seem too great, think back to the 1994 49ers.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak sure will.

Kubiak served as the 49ers' quarterbacks coach in 1994, when the 49ers started 3-2 before winning their next 10 games en route to the franchise's last Super Bowl championship.

Those memories came flooding back to him Wednesday as he prepared for one final visit to Candlestick Park.

"I've been coaching a long time, the bulk of my career has been in Denver and Houston. I get one stop in San Francisco and we won a championship," Kubiak recalled in a media conference call. "It wasn't easy. I remember our start and how difficult it was. We got rolling and played extremely well. We had a lot of great players and great people."

John Elway's long-time backup in Denver, Kubiak broke into the NFL coaching ranks in that 1994 season by tutoring Steve Young. Kubiak gushed Wednesday about then-coach George Seifert, former owner Eddie DeBartolo and a memorable work environment.

"That crowd in San Francisco was just tremendous," Kubiak said. "It was just a one-year stop for me, but boy, it was an enjoyable one."

Kubiak is coming off one of his toughest losses since becoming the Texans coach in 2006. The Seattle Seahawks overcame a 20-3 halftime deficit Sunday for a 23-20 overtime win.

"That makes it tough, when you go play pretty darn well and you don't finish the product. It's tough to swallow," Kubiak said. "But it is part of this league. There are a lot of good teams, and a lot of close games.


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"Now we're facing you guys, obviously a great football team, so we better focus real, real fast to get ready to play."

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