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By guaji on Mar 07, 2014 03:50 AM
<P>Just hours after Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers (1341) clinched a berth in the big game in New Orleans by defeating the Atlanta Falcons in in the NFC Championship Game, John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens (136) locked up the other spot by dispatching the New England Patriots.</P>
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<P>"I don't know if we had a dream this big. We had a few dreams, we had a few fights. cheap nfl jerseys You know, we had a few arguments, just like all brothers," John told reporters during his postgame remarks. "We'll try to stay out of that business. We'll let the two teams duke it out as much as possible."</P>
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<P>That two road teams won during the NFL's Championship Weekend is remarkable enough (and last happened in 1997), but to have each of those teams coached by brothers ensures that you'll be hearing a lot about the Harbaugh family for the next two weeks. On Thanksgiving 2011, the Harbaughs made history by becoming the first brothers to face off as head coaches. The Ravens emerged victorious from this first sibling showdown, 166.</P>
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<P>In Atlanta, the 49ers needed a historic comeback to dig out of an early 170 hole against the Falcons. With Frank Gore rushing for two touchdowns in the second half, San Francisco ran to a 2824 win.</P>
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<P>Up in New England, John, 50, had a few words of congratulations for his younger brother, Jim, 49, before the AFC Championship Game kicked off.</P>
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<P>Preparing to coach the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC championship game Sunday night, John Harbaugh watched on the stadium's big video screen as Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their victory in the NFC championship game.</P>
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<P>John looked into a nearby TV camera, smiled broadly and said: "Hey, Jim, congratulations. You did it. You're a great coach. Love you."</P>
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<P>Less than four hours later, the Ravens won, too. Some siblings try to beat each other in backyard games. These guys will do it in the biggest game of all. Yes, get ready for the Brother Bowl.</P>
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<P>It'll be Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh when Big Bro John's Ravens play Little Bro Jim's 49ers in the Super Bowl at New Orleans in two weeks.</P>
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<P>As much chatter as there will be about the players involved from Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and his impending retirement to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's sudden emergence the Harbaugh family angle will make this coaching matchup the most scrutinized in the nearly halfcentury of Super Sundays.</P>
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<P>The Harbaughs' sister, Joani Crean, wrote in a text to The Associated Press: "Overwhelmed with pride for John, Jim and their families! They deserve all that has come their way! Team Harbaugh!"</P>
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<P>It will be the first one between coaching brothers, of course. First one for Joe Flacco, the oftdoubted Ravens quarterback with the superb touch on deep balls and a QBrecord six postseason road wins. First one for Kaepernick, the secondyear player with the tattooed arms, the sprinter's speed, and a shoulder that zips throws like the high school baseball pitcher he used to be.</P>
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<P>And it will be the last game for 17year veteran Lewis, Baltimore's emotional leader and this postseason's top tackler with 44 so far.</P>
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<P>"This is our time," Lewis pronounced.</P>
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<P>He appeared to be on the verge of tears before and after helping Baltimore become the only team in 68 tries to overcome a halftime deficit against Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in Foxborough, Mass.</P>
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<P>The NFC West champion 49ers (1341) open as 5point favorites, seeking a recordtying sixth Super Bowl title but first since 1995. The franchise of Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young is 50 in Super Bowls.</P>
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<P>The AFC South champion Ravens (136) are headed to their second Super Bowl; Lewis was the MVP when Baltimore beat the New York Giants in 2001.</P>
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<P>With Kaepernick's terrific passing he was 16 of 21 for 233 yards and a touchdown in only his ninth career NFL start and two TD runs by Frank Gore, San Francisco erased a 17point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 2824 Sunday.</P>
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<P>Baltimore then fashioned a comeback of its own by scoring the last 21 cheap jerseys points to defeat the New England Patriots 2813, thanks in large part to Flacco's three secondhalf touchdown tosses, two to Anquan Boldin.</P>
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<P>In the often riskaverse NFL, each Harbaugh made a critical change late in the regular season in a bid to boost his team's postseason chances. Clearly, both moves worked.</P>
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<P>After 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, the starter in last season's overtime NFC title game loss to the New York Giants, got a concussion, Jim switched to Kaepernick for Week 11 and never switched back. Now San Francisco has its first threegame winning streak of the season, at precisely the right time.</P>
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<P>Baltimore, meanwhile, was in the midst of a threegame losing streak when John fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and promoted quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell to replace him.</P>
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<P>The 50yearold John is 15 months older than Jim and generally the less demonstrative of the pair, although wholesale jerseys John certainly did not lack intensity while making his case with officials a couple of times Sunday.</P>
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<P>The everexcitable Jim who was treated for an irregular heartbeat in November was up to his usual sideline antics in Atlanta.</P>
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<P>He spun around and sent his headset flying when the original call stood cheap nfl jerseys after he threw his red challenge flag on a catch by the Falcons. He hopped and yelled at his defense to get off the field after their key fourthdown stop with less than 1 1/2 minutes left. He made an emphaticascanbe timeout signal with 13 seconds remaining.</P>
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<P>Expect CBS to fill plenty of time during its Super Bowl broadcast with shots of Jim, that trademark red pen dangling in front of his chest, and John, who usually wears a black Ravens hat. Yes, that is sure to be a focal point, until they meet for a postgame handshake.</P>
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<P>AFC Championship Baltimore Ravens v New England PatriotsFOXBORO, MA JANUARY 20: Ray Lewis 52 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with teammate Arthur Jones 97 after defeating the New England Patriots in the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Baltimore Ravens defeated the New England Patriots 2813. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)</P>
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<P>AFC Championship Baltimore Ravens v New England PatriotsFOXBORO, MA JANUARY 20: Ray Lewis 52 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after defeating the New England Patriots in the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Baltimore Ravens defeated the New England Patriots 2813. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)</P>
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<P>AFC Championship Baltimore Ravens v New England PatriotsFOXBORO, MA JANUARY 20: Ray Lewis 52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)</P>
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