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Discussion: Harbaugh brothers and the road to the Super Bowl

January 22, 2013|By Houston Mitchell

Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer and Mark Thompson (of "Mark and Brian" radio fame) talked about the weekend's conference championship games and the upcoming Super Bowl matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. You can watch a replay of the discussion above.

One topic discussed was the Harbaugh brothers, Jim and John, who are the head coaches for the two teams. As Farmer wrote earlier this week,

John Harbaugh has an appreciation of history, and also a sense of perspective.

So the Baltimore Ravens coach chuckled Monday at the notion that he and his brother, San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh, will be making history in Super Bowl XLVII when they become the first sibling coaches to face each other in a major professional sports championship.

"I guess it's pretty neat," Harbaugh said. "Is it really going to be written about? It's not exactly like Churchill and Roosevelt or anything. It's pretty cool. That's as far as it goes."

A year after the Ravens and 49ers fell short in their respective conference title games, both came from behind Sunday to win on the road. The Ravens won at New England, the 49ers at Atlanta.

As of Monday afternoon, John said, the brothers hadn't spoken since their games.

"I talked to my mom and dad last night, that was a great conversation," Baltimore's coach said. "And just thanks to my mom and dad, and [sister] Joani over in Indiana. We just couldn't be more thankful. We could not have been brought up in a better situation. We couldn't have had more fun, and they're having fun right now. I can't wait to see them down in New Orleans. It's going to be a great time."


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