Harbaugh brothers try again for a Super Bowl first

Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:50pm EST
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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - A year after becoming the first brothers to face each other as NFL head coaches, John and Jim Harbaugh are once again one win away from taking their sibling rivalry to new heights in the Super Bowl.

John's Baltimore Ravens play the New England Patriots for the AFC title while Jim's San Francisco 49ers play Atlanta for the NFC crown and wins by each would turn the Super Bowl into a family affair.

The Ravens coach has already made his weekly phone call to the 49ers coach, this time touching on the explosiveness of the Patriots, who were beaten 41-34 by San Francisco at Gillette Stadium last month after coming back from a 28-point deficit.

"We have a little bit," John Harbaugh told reporters at a news conference on Monday when asked about discussing New England. "We probably will some more."

Details were not made available under the cloak of family secrets.

"I can't tell you," John Harbaugh said. "He has so much respect for them. In all honestly, what is there to say? There's nothing really that they have that we don't have.

"There aren't any revelations there. Tough place to play - great, great team. You get a lead, it's going to be tough to hold onto it. I think we may have mentioned that once or twice," he said with a laugh.

It is no secret that coaching is in their blood as the Harbaugh brothers grew up watching their father, Jack, operate as a football coach in a 41-year career from the high school level up through the college ranks.   Continued...

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh looks on from the sidelines during the first quarter of their NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, Washington, December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo