Just hours after Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers (13-4-1) 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 (13-6) locked up the other spot by dispatching the New England Patriots, says the Huff Post.
John looked into a nearby TV camera, smiled broadly and said: “Hey, Jim, congratulations. You did it. You’re a great coach. Love you.”
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.
It was also the first time in 15 years that both away teams in the Championship games advanced to the Super Bowl, with strangely both Atlanta and New England failing to score in their respective second halves.
A year ago the Ravens missed out on the Super Bowl after a narrow loss in New England, but Baltimore saw the game out to make sure they made no mistake this time around and booked their ticket to New Orleans, writes the Fox Sports.
San Francisco 49ers booked a place in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995 after coming from 17-0 down to beat Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.
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, 16-6.
Now they’ll be squaring off with a championship at stake in a Super Bowl filled with firsts — and one truly significant last.
According to the Star, it will be the first one between coaching brothers, of course. First one for Joe Flacco, the oft-doubted Ravens quarterback with the superb touch on deep balls and a QB-record six post-season road wins.
First one for Kaepernick, the second-year 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.
And it will be the last game for 17-year veteran Lewis, Baltimore’s emotional leader and this post-season’s top tackler with 44 so far.
Super Bowl XLVII is an upcoming American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Baltimore Ravens and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion San Francisco 49ers to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2012 season. It is scheduled to be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 3, 2013.
New Orleans will tie the South Florida/Miami metropolitan area with their tenth Super Bowl when the game kicks off in two weeks. The Super Bowl was last in New Orleans in 2002.
The power of the Super Bowl is in more than the host city’s exposure and the money that it generates. This year, the game has caused New Orleans to adjust Mardi Gras. Parades scheduled for February 3 and before will most likely move ahead one week.
After the Ravens won the AFC Championship on Sunday night, the number of tickets available for purchase to the 2013 Super Bowl actually increased. Apparently this country has a lot of Patriots fans reports the SB Nation.
Before the 49ers kicked off against the Falcons, only 4,100+ tickets were on the market. After the completion of the NFC Championship, that number shot up to 4,900+.