Analysis of San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens

Fri Feb 1, 2013 8:11am EST
 
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NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - How the National Football League's (NFL) San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens match up for Sunday's Super Bowl in New Orleans.

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Head Coaches

It is the Super Bowl of sibling rivalry as Baltimore's John Harbaugh faces younger brother Jim for the NFL title.

Fifty-year-old John, an outstanding tactician, has reached the postseason in each of his five seasons in Baltimore and won at least one game once he has gotten there. He is 54-26 in the regular season and 8-4 in the playoffs, an outstanding accomplishment with some teams that clearly overachieved. Key move that paid off: Replacing offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in December with ex-Indianapolis head coach Jim Caldwell.

Jim, 49, is more emotional than his older brother and has only been a head coach for two years but it is hard to argue with success: he reached the NFC title game a year ago and the next season he is in The Show. Gets points for the bold move of sticking with backup Colin Kaepernick after incumbent Alex Smith could have returned to the line-up following a concussion.

For the record, the Harbaughs have already met once: the Ravens beat the Niners, 16-6, in 2011.

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