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The 'Har-Bowl'Posted Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at 8:44 AM
The games have been played and there is only one remaining.
The 2013 National Football League's Super Bowl, XLVII, will be played Feb. 3, in New Orleans.
The game will feature the San Francisco 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens.
While the game will feature two of the youngest quarterbacks in the NFL, Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco, the biggest story for the next 12 days will arguably be the coaching match-up.
The game will feature John Harbaugh (Baltimore) against Jim Harbaugh (San Francisco).
The brothers have only faced each other one time before, with the Ravens knocking off the 49ers in the regular season last year.
But this game is a first for any of the four major professional sports.
In football, basketball, baseball and hockey, brothers have never coached against each other in the title game.
The two are only 15 months apart in age.
Let's take a look at John Harbaugh.
The eldest of the brothers, John has coached Baltimore since 2008, amassing a 62-30 overall record, including 8-4 in the postseason.
John has taken the Ravens to the American Football Conference (AFC) championship game three times, only making it to the Super Bowl this year.
While in college, he played defensive back for Miami University. However, he never made to the pro level.
After college, John began his coaching career at Western Michigan University in 1984 and also coached at Indiana University.
Now, let's take a look at Jim Harbaugh.
The younger of the two, Jim was a star quarterback for the University of Michigan.
In 1987, he led the Wolverines to the Rose Bowl and was named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year. He also finished third in the Heisman voting that year.
Jim began his professional career with the Chicago Bears.
He also played for the Indianapolis Colts, Ravens, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers.
In his career, Jim threw for 26,288 yards and 129 touchdowns.
While playing in the NFL, Jim also worked with his father as a volunteer coach at Western Kentucky University.
He started his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Oakland Raiders in 2002.
However, in 2004, he took the job at the University of San Diego, before taking the job at Stanford University in 2006.
While at Sanford, Jim guided the squad to the Orange Bowl victory in 2010.
As a collegiate coach, Jim has a record of 58-27.
In 2011, Jim was named the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers and has tallied a 24-7-1 record in his two seasons.
He guided the team to the National Football Conference (NFC) championship game in his first season, before taking the team to the Super Bowl this year.
While stories for the next 10-plus days will include features about Flacco, Kaepernick and, of course, Ray Lewis, the main stories, I'm quite certain, will center on the battle between the two brothers, don't you think?
As far as a prediction goes, my wife is already putting everything behind the 49ers. She was a huge Jim Harbaugh fan when he played for the Colts and became known as "Captain Comeback."
For me, it doesn't really matters.
My beloved Minnesota Vikings were again denied access to the NFL's title game.
But at least there is one more game to watch before the "off-season" officially begins.