NEW ORLEANS — I can't imagine how the Harbaugh family will survive Sunday. Last year was bad enough when both coaching brothers, Jim of the 49ers and John of the Ravens, lost heartbreaking championship games on the same day.
Jack and Jackie Harbaugh, the parents, agonized as they watched on TV first John to the Patriots, then Jim to the Giants.
The only day that even approached such difficulty for them was the 2011 Thanksgiving Day game won by the Ravens, 16-6, over the 49ers.
Given that, the most heart-warming news of the week was the announcement that the parents at the end of the game will go to the losing coach's locker room first. That's a touch of class, especially from a lifetime football man such as Jack. The winner of this sibling rivalry won't need a hug as bad as the loser.
Another telling comment came from Jim. "There is no one in the family who has more competitive fire than my mother. She competes like a maniac," he said.
And why did we just know that was true, and that Jack wasn't responsible for it all? It takes two, of course, to produce a brother-versus-brother Super Bowl.