After both teams fell just short last season, it looks like the Harbaugh Bowl between brothers Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh will finally take place as the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will square off against each other in Super Bowl XLVII.
The 49ers entered Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons as favorites, but found themselves in an early hole after Matt Ryan and company jumped out to an early 17-0 lead. While the chances of a comeback seemed unlikely, San Francisco used their running game and stellar defense in the second half to end up winning the game 28-24.
Jim Harbaugh took plenty of heat in the middle of the season when he decided to go with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback, but nobody seems to be questioning his decision anymore now that the 49ers are NFC Champions–which is impressive for a head coach in just his second NFL season.
As for his brother John, nobody could have predicted the Ravens to reach the Super Bowl considering how poor the team played towards the end of the regular season. Baltimore seemed to be on their way to a first-round bye for most of the regular season, but they dropped to the No. 4 seed in the AFC–leading many to believe they wouldn’t even make it past the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Instead, this Ravens team overcame the odds with big road wins in Denver and New England to represent the AFC in New Orleans. Everybody wondered what it would be like to see the Harbaugh brothers square off against each other in the Super Bowl and now–it looks like the Harbaugh Bowl will finally happen in two weeks.
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