By now, everyone knows that Super Bowl XLVII will feature the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. But according to Fox News on Jan. 21, it will also feature something else, a battle of two head coach brothers.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh will face off against younger brother Jim Harbaugh and his 49ers. The Ravens beat the Patriots 28-13 and the 49ers beat Atlanta 28-24 to earn the privilege of playing in Super Bowl XLVII.
Did the brothers Harbaugh ever imagine this in their wildest dreams?
"I don't know if we had a dream this big," John Harbaugh said. "We had a few dreams, we had a few fights, we had a few arguments -- just like all brothers."
And not only will the first ever brother coaching matchup happen in New Orleans in two weeks, but it will be quite a way for Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to retire from his 17 years on the field.
"This is our time. This is our time," said Lewis, who made 14 tackles Sunday and has 44 in three postseason games after missing 10 weeks with a torn right triceps muscle.
Lewis’s No. 52 jersey is a huge hit with Ravens’ fans.
And lest anyone forget, there is also quarterback Joe Flacco and his six road wins, the most in playoff history.
"It was pretty awesome," said Flacco, who has eight touchdown passes and no interceptions in the playoffs. "We were here last year and thought we had it, but came up a little short. Guys came out in the second half and made plays. ... We put pressure on them like that, and it worked pretty well."
But the big event on the field at Super Bowl XLVII will be John and Jim Harbaugh. And what about their parents, Jack and Jackie Harbaugh, will they choose sides?
“They’ll be okay,” John said. “My mom and dad are tough; they’ll be fine. It will be a great week.”
John is already trying to take the focus off the “brothers thing” and put it on the players and the teams. He joked that no more attention should be paid to the coaches being brothers.
"Let’s just cut that right out,” John said with a smile. “Can we all agree? Just forget about that stuff. We did that last year, okay? It was fine. It got old last year. Let’s move past that and let’s talk about the two teams.”
Super Bowl XLVII happens in two short weeks on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m., when John and Jim Harbaugh will be on opposite sides of the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. It's definitely going to be a great game!