2013 NFL Playoffs: HarBowl Was Always the Best Matchup for Fans

By Jeff Shull
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Well the NFC and AFC Championship games are in the books, and unless you’re a fan of the New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons or maybe a rival of the Baltimore Ravens or San Francisco 49ers, the outcome of today’s games has given us best possible matchup for Super Bowl XLVII.

HarBowl is upon us.

Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the 49ers, and older brother John Harbaugh, head coach of the Ravens, will don the sidelines of the Super Dome and provide all fans with no vested interest, a reason to get excited about the Super Bowl.

Well, more so than you already normally would.

I’m sorry Pats fans, but it’s enough of your team already. Seeing the Pats in the Super Bowl is boring at this point and we want some fresh, new faces competing. Tom Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks who ever lived and a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but there may not be a greater feeling in the world than watching him lose. Aside from seeing your own team win, of course.

I have nothing against the Falcons, but I’d rather not see a team notorious for choking on the big stage in the biggest game the sport has to offer. Even in their one playoff win under Mike Smith they blew a 27-7 fourth quarter lead and miraculously hung on at the end.

Harbowl is and always was the most intriguing Super Bowl matchup. Not only do you have the brothers angle, but you have two teams who excel defensively, play ball control offense and are physically dominating on the line of scrimmage.

Those of you who love big hits, hard running and occasional big plays in the passing game will be in for a treat. While neither team has a particularly prolific passing attack, Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick both have rocket arms and their offensive coordinators like to use them whenever possible.

Also, you cannot forget the fact that Ray Lewis has said he’s going to retire after the season. His team has rallied around him, picking up their play when he returned from a serious injury as the playoffs started. They feel like the team of destiny this season, and only one team now stands in their way.

Don’t be discouraged by the 2011 version of HarBowl either. That ended in a 16-6 slugfest, but it was played in the cold weather of Baltimore for one, and second both teams were much better defensively and much worse offensively last season. Trust me, points will be scored in bunches in round two.

It’s brother vs. brother, pocket Passer vs. mobile QB, Ray Lewis vs. the next Ray Lewis (Patrick Willis). With the Ravens trying to get the Super Bowl monkey off their back and send Lewis off into the sunset, and the 49ers trying to get to six Super Bowl championships to tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for most all-time, it’s time for us to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Jeff Shull is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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