Brothers go head-to-head in Super Bowl like no other

Fri Feb 1, 2013 8:10am EST
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By Julian Linden

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A National Football League (NFL) season where nothing seemed to follow the script has produced a classic Super Bowl encounter with a subplot fit for a Hollywood blockbuster.

Sunday's game between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will be the first time in the 47 years of the Super Bowl that two brothers will go head-to-head for the biggest prize in American Football, not on the field, but on the sidelines.

John Harbaugh is Baltimore's head coach and his counterpart with San Francisco is younger brother Jim. Born just 15 months apart, the pair have been competing against each other all their lives but never with the stakes so high.

"Anybody who has a brother, especially one that's close in age, gets it," John told the massive media contingent assembled ahead of Sunday's game in New Orleans.

"You just grow up fighting for everything. You fight for the extra hotdog. You fight for girls. You fight for everything. We both got our girls, but we both want a victory this week."

Their sibling rivalry has dominated the build up to a game that has been dubbed the Har-Bowl, and Jim, like his brother, was happy to join in the irreverent discussions about their childhood battles.

"As to who won and who lost, I can't remember. I have a hard time remembering what I did last Tuesday," he said.


San Francisco 49ers fans celebrate on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter during Super Bowl week in New Orleans, January 31, 2013. Super Bowl XLVII will be played between the San Francisco 49er and the Baltimore Ravens on February 3. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes