In two weeks, the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana will play host to Super Bowl XLVII, otherwise known as HarBowl I as it is the battle between brothers who also happen to be the head coaches of the Baltimore Ravens (John Harbaugh) and the San Francisco 49ers (Jim Harbaugh). This is the first time in NFL history with two brothers that are head coaches facing off in the Super Bowl.
Also, as it’s mentioned in my colleague’s article here, another angle on HarBowl is the Harbaugh brothers wouldn’t be where they are without their legendary father’s pedigree. This match up is practically a dead heat. Both have a young quarterback with a strong arm, two good running backs, a good deep receiver corps and a strong offensive line. And that’s just the offense; their defenses are just as super on every level.
It’ll be interesting to see if the 49ers keep kicker David Akers or if they bring someone new in and work him out for two weeks. Akers has struggled to say the least and it wouldn’t be totally a stupid idea. They brought in Billy Cundiff to compete with Akers in practice and they could again. If they bring him in again, sign him and use him in the Super Bowl, it would add another level of storylines that would make this game even more interesting than it already is between the brothers Harbaugh.