Two weeks and counting for the HarBowl hype

Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:24pm EST
 

By Steve Ginsburg

BALTIMORE (Reuters) - With two weeks of hype left before the Super Bowl, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is already trying to play down the drama of facing his little brother for the National Football League championship.

John used to share a room with his brother Jim and, like many siblings, they would place tape down the middle of the room to claim their turf.

Their story has already been told. And told. And told.

"Every story has been told," he told reporters Monday.

"We're not that interesting. There's nothing more to learn. The tape across the middle of the room story, OK, you got it? It's OK.

"It was just like any other family, really."

Baltimore shocked the New England Patriots 28-13 on Sunday to win the AFC and reach the Super Bowl, while the San Francisco 49ers, coached by Jim Harbaugh, edged the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC to set up a HarBowl on February 3 in New Orleans.

The brothers have already squared off in the regular season, U.S. Thanksgiving 2011, when the Ravens defeated the 49ers 16-6 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.   Continued...

 
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh directs his team against the New England Patriots in the NFL AFC Championship football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts, January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)