- Published on Tuesday, January 22 2013
- Written by Amanda Baltazar
In that epic battle that millions of Americans witness on their television sets every year, brothers will be pitted against each other. What has the world come to?
On February 3, 2013, Super Bowl XLVII will be a family affair.
For the first time in Super Bowl history, the coaches of the teams facing off at the Big Game are brothers. That’s right -- John Harbaugh, the Baltimore Ravens' coach, will be challenging his brother, Jim Harbaugh, and his San Francisco 49ers for the Lombardi trophy.
Both teams have a strong chance to take it back to their hometown this year.
The Baltimore Ravens have a 13-7 record in the playoffs, which means they have the best percentage record in the league of all time! Although they had a rocky ending to their season, the Ravens fought their way to New Orleans and into the Super Bowl. They beat the New England Patriots in the semi-finals 28-13, earning the title of AFC champions. Led by quarterback, Joe Flacco, the Ravens will be appearing in their first Super Bowl in more than a decade.
However, it won’t be an easy game for the Ravens. The 49ers are sure to put a fight. They were the #2 seed going into the playoffs, which gives them good odds in what many are calling the “HarBowl”. (Ba-dum-CHING!) The 49ers beat out the Altlanta Falcons for the NFC championship this past weekend, and what a game it was, winning by a mere 4 points for a 28-24 final. QB Colin Kaepernick may only have two years of professional experience behind him, but he will definitely put on a good show for the Super Bowl. Can the 49ers bring the trophy to the Bay Area?
Since being hired by the Ravens as head coach back in 2008, John Harbaugh has had an impressive record, finishing within the top 2 in the AFC North every season and taking his team deep into the playoffs but never quite making it to The Big Game -- except this year. His brother, Jim, on the other hand, has only been a head coach for two years, but his success has been equally impressive. His 49ers have finished 1st in the NFC West two years in a row, and after losing the NFC Championship to the eventual Super Bowl winners, the New York Giants, last season, he handily redeemed himself this year by taking it all the way to the big dance.
With bragging rights on the line, which brother will come out on top? We will find out on February 3. So, everyone get your beverage of choice, chips, salsa, and buffalo wings ready, because this is going to be one exciting head-to-head battle!
- Amanda Baltazar, YH Staff
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