It will be an all-Harbaugh Super Bowl in New Orleans on February 3rd. The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will meet at the SuperDome and the head coaches standing on each sideline will be quite familiar with one another.
50-year-old John Harbaugh will lead his Ravens against his younger brother, 49-year-old Jim, and his 49ers. The Harbaugh brothers are the first set of siblings to have head coaching jobs in the NFL.
Last night, the Ravens pulled off the upset on the road, defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game 28-to-13. And yesterday afternoon San Francisco rallied from a 17-to-0 first half deficit and beat the Falcons in Atlanta 28-to-24 in the NFC title contest.
The Harbaughs became the only brothers to coach against each other in any NFL game during the 2011 regular season on Thanksgiving Day that year with the Ravens beating the 49’ers 16-to-6. Their father,
Jack Harbaugh, was a long time coach including five seasons as head coach at Western Michigan in the mid 1980’s. Jim Harbaugh was a quarterback who played college football at Michigan, where his father was also an assistant coach. After last night’s Baltimore victory over the Patriots, John Harbaugh heaped praise on his brother. San Francisco opens as 5-point favorites and the Niners will be seeking a record tying sixth Super Bowl title but their first since 1995. It’s the Ravens’ second Super Bowl appearance after they beat the Giants for the championship in 2001.