Rematch of the Harbaugh bowl?
Thursday November 24, 2011, and it’s American Thanksgiving. The San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens are both warming up inside the M&T Bank Stadium. This game pitted two teams against each other that were quite similar in many aspects of the game. Both teams have outstanding defences which are equipped with all-pro middle linebackers. Also, the offences for both teams live off the run, featuring the likes of Frank Gore, for the 49ers, and Ray Rice, for the Ravens. But most of the hype is not geared towards the players exactly, but more towards the coaches. Two coaches actually, the head coaches for the respective teams are brothers.
Jim and John Harbaugh, sons of college football coach Jack Harbaugh, coached against each other that Thursday night to mark the first time in NFL history that siblings have been on opposite sides of the field, both in head coaching positions (it also happened to be their parents’ anniversary the day after that game).
Well, it seems that their parents may have the difficult task of picking sides again. Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers have advanced their way to the NFC championship game, meanwhile John’s Ravens happen to be in the AFC championship. With a bit of luck, and a great amount of coaching, these two brothers could defy all odds and both advance to the Super Bowl.
The Baltimore Ravens play the New England Patriots on Sunday January 22, 2012 at 3:00 ET, and the 49ers play right after at 6:30 ET. Will the brothers advance to football’s biggest prize? Or will we have a repeat of Super Bowl XLII? Should be an exciting pair of games, and whoever emerges victorious will definitely help provide an entertaining Super Bowl.
And that is the last word.