Monday, December 18, 2017
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Super Bowl pitting coaching brothers for first time

Super Bowl's super bros

Oh, brother, welcome to the Harbowl.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will face his older brother, John, the head coach of the Ravens, in what will become a family affair at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Feb. 3.

The Niners are headed to their sixth Super Bowl and first in 18 years after a 28-24 win over the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Later Sunday night, John led the Ravens to a 28-13 upset over the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. The Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV over the Giants at Raymond James Stadium to cap the 2000 season, their only appearance in the NFL title game.

It's the first time brothers have squared off in the Super Bowl as opposing head coaches.

The brothers, who are 18 months apart, have football in their blood. They watched their father, Jack, have a 41-year coaching career in high school and college, ending at Western Kentucky.

Believe it or not, there will be other compelling storylines.

The quarterbacks

The 49ers have rookie Colin Kaepernick, given the starting job in Week 11 of this season over Alex Smith. He'll make only the 10th start of his pro career in the Super Bowl.

The Ravens have Joe Flacco, who has flirted with elite status and won his sixth playoff game on the road Sunday, breaking Eli Manning's record. Joe Cool beat Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on the road this year.

Ray's last ride

Get ready to see Ray Lewis preach, dance and maybe even make his eye black run with a tear or two. Oh, yes, you'll hear more about his ride into retirement, the torn tricep and a rehash of that awful night in Atlanta on Jan. 31, 2000, when two men were stabbed to death during a melee with Lewis' entourage.

Passing of the torch

Eddie DeBartolo Jr. won five Super Bowls as owner of the 49ers in the 1980s and '90s. On Sunday, he presented the George Halas Trophy to his sister, Denise York, and his nephew, Jed York, the CEO of the Niners, who consults his uncle frequently. Get ready for lots of footage of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Steve Young and Bill Walsh and a remembrance of Camelot.

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

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