Brother vs. brother: John Harbaugh's Ravens beat Pats for Super Bowl date vs. Jim Harbaugh's 49ers

Dan Wetzel
Yahoo Sports

View gallery

.

John Harbaugh is moving on to the Super Bowl, much to Bill Belichick's chagrin on Sunday. (Reuters)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – John and Jim Harbaugh grew up around coaching. Playing. Watching. Coaching, moving around America every few years as their father, Jack, picked up assistant coaching jobs. They learned to splice film early. Knew the importance of game plans and motivation. And, like so many sons and daughters, decided eventually to get into the family business.

Now here comes the first brother vs. brother coaching matchup in Super Bowl history.

John's Baltimore Ravens dismantled New England 28-13 here Sunday night. Just hours earlier, Jim's San Francisco 49ers outlasted Atlanta 28-24. Their two teams will meet Feb. 3 in New Orleans for the NFL championship.

[Slideshow: Ravens top Pats to set up Harbaugh Bowl]

It will be the pinnacle for America's first coaching family. John is 15 months the elder and is a coaching lifer. Jim enjoyed a 15-year NFL career as a quarterback before becoming a head coach in the college ranks at the University of San Diego and Stanford.

View gallery

.

Joe Flacco threw three touchdowns in the AFC title game to help the Ravens reach the Super Bowl. (AP)

"[I'm] overcome with extreme pride for both of them," younger sister Joani Crean told Yahoo! Sports. "[I] can't describe my feelings beyond that. I have two incredible brothers."

About the only downside for parents Jack and Jackie: one of their sons has to lose.

For at least one Raven, it was about vengeance. After the game linebacker Terrell Suggs pointed to the motivation of defeating the hated Patriots, who had won last year's AFC title game over Baltimore.

"Tell them to have fun at the Pro Bowl," Suggs said. "Shut them out in the second half. Arrogant [expletive]. These are the most arrogant pricks in the world starting with [coach Bill] Belichick on down."

Sunday was the ultimate for two coaches to reach the Super Bowl, two hard-fought road wins that required second-half comebacks, each shutting out the home team in the final two quarters. 

[Related: Ray Lewis gets emotional during national anthem]

Here in New England, the Ravens' defense helped force Tom Brady (29-for-54 for 320 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions) into a poor, by his standards, effort. The Pats watched drive after drive stall just outside field-goal range as Belichick went uncharacteristically conservative on fourth down.

It means that the emotional final playoff run of legendary linebacker Ray Lewis will continue as he returns to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2000, when he was the game's MVP. It is also the first appearance of fellow future Hall of Famer Ed Reed, the team's ball-hawk safety.

It was a defensive performance that will be hailed for decades in Maryland. Baltimore was able to mostly contain New England's offense, clearly missing injured tight end Rob Gronkowski, to short-yard plays. The Patriots showed little explosion.

[Related: NaVorro Bowman's defensive play sends 49ers to Super Bowl]

Meanwhile, oft-questioned quarterback Joe Flacco continued a strong playoff run by heating up and shredding the Patriots' secondary that was rattled by the early loss of shutdown cornerback Aqib Talib to a thigh injury. Flacco defeated not just Brady but Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck this postseason.

Flacco finished the game hitting 21 of 36 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. He was particularly strong in the second half, leading three touchdown drives to overcome a 13-7 halftime deficit.

As for the hoopla over two brothers facing each other for the Super Bowl, John Harbaugh already wants no part of the storyline.

"Let's cut that out right now," Harbaugh said in the postgame media conference. "We did that last year. It got old last year, did it not?"

Related NFL video from Yahoo! Sports:


Other AFC/NFC title game content on Yahoo! Sports:

Colin Kaepernick has brains to match Jim Harbaugh's guts
Ray Lewis has rare chance to go out on top
Sore loser? Bill Belichick stiffs CBS interviewer, draws Shannon Sharpe's ire
Bernard Pollard delivers another devastating hit on Patriots

View Comments
  • Phelps wins first race in comeback

    Phelps wins first race in comeback

    By Julian Linden PHOENIX (Reuters) - Michael Phelps made an ominous start in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, setting the fastest time in the 100 metres butterfly heats at a USA Swimming Grand Prix meet in suburban Phoenix. Racing … More »

    Reuters - 10 minutes ago
  • Late Lima strike gives Benfica win over Juventus

    (Reuters) - A brilliantly-worked Lima goal gave last year's runners-up Benfica a late 2-1 win at home to Juventus in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday. Central defender Ezequiel Garay headed Benfica in front after only … More »

    Reuters - 13 minutes ago
  • Lima blasts Benfica to Juventus win as Sevilla ease to victory

    Lima blasts Benfica to Juventus win as Sevilla ease to victory

    A stunning late goal from Brazilian Lima gave Benfica a 2-1 win over Juventus in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final while Sevilla won 2-0 against Valencia to seize the initiative in their all-Spanish clash on Thursday. Benfica scored … More »

    Reuters - 14 minutes ago
  • Yankees' Pineda banned 10 games for using pine tar

    Yankees' Pineda banned 10 games for using pine tar

    (Reuters) - New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday for having a foreign substance on his body during Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox. Pineda was ejected from the game in … More »

    Reuters - 15 minutes ago
  • Bobcats' Josh McRoberts fined $20,000

    Bobcats' Josh McRoberts fined $20,000

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James. … More »

    AP - Sports - 16 minutes ago
  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

    Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Defending champion Maria Sharapova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to set up a Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinal with top seed Agnieszka Radwanska. … More »

    AP - Sports - 17 minutes ago
  • Swimming-Phelps wins first race in comeback

    * Qualifies for national titles later this year * Reached turn in second place before pulling away (Adds quotes) By Julian Linden PHOENIX, April 24 (Reuters) - Michael Phelps made an ominous start in his comeback to competitive swimming on … More »

    Reuters - 17 minutes ago
  • Hicks homers, Twins beat Rays 9-7

    Hicks homers, Twins beat Rays 9-7

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer, Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-7 Thursday. … More »

    AP - Sports - 17 minutes ago
  • Why Jones vs Teixeira will be a 'fun fight'

    Why Jones vs Teixeira will be a 'fun fight'

    Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole breaks down UFC 172’s main event … More »

    Yahoo Sports Videos - 19 minutes ago
  • Kevin Iole’s prediction for UFC 172 - Jones vs Teixeira

    Kevin Iole’s prediction for UFC 172 - Jones vs Teixeira

    Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole explains why the main event of UFC 172 won’t go the full distance … More »

    Yahoo Sports Videos - 19 minutes ago
  • Pine tar, Vaseline, spit all part of baseball

    Pine tar, Vaseline, spit all part of baseball

    It's fair to suspect that Michael Pineda isn't the only pitcher trying a few tricks on the mound from time to time. The Yankees pitcher was suspended for 10 games for having a glob of pine tar on his neck to rub on his hands to grip the ball on a … More »

    AP - Sports - 20 minutes ago
  • Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

    Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week. While the season … More »

    AP - Sports - 21 minutes ago
  • Known for glove, Nolan Arenado improving at plate

    Known for glove, Nolan Arenado improving at plate

    Nolan Arenado is known for his hit-robbing glove at the hot corner. So he sends Troy Tulowitzki batting practice video for evaluation, hangs around Carlos Gonzalez near the cage to pick up pointers and has hitting conversations with Justin Morneau … More »

    AP - Sports - 22 minutes ago
  • Secret to Dallas Stars success? Meet the #RallyBelly

    Secret to Dallas Stars success? Meet the #RallyBelly

    Jamie Benn didn't start the fire. It wasn't Benn. It was the Rally Belly. … More »

    Puck Daddy - 23 minutes ago
  • Michael Phelps qualifies fastest for 100 butterfly final in comeback meet

    Michael Phelps qualifies fastest for 100 butterfly final in comeback meet

    MESA, Ariz. - A giddy Michael Phelps qualified fastest for the 100-metre butterfly final Thursday in his first competition since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics. Friend and rival Ryan Lochte was second-quickest, winning his heat in 52.94. … More »

    The Canadian Press - 25 minutes ago
  • Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard cites pretty high-ranking source in tweet saying Frank Vogel's job is safe

    Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard cites pretty high-ranking source in tweet saying Frank Vogel's job is safe

    "Larry Bird just told me his sources say Frank Vogel's job is safe." … More »

    Ball Don't Lie - 29 minutes ago
  • Tiger Woods' rocky season

    Tiger Woods' rocky season

    While the PGA Tour continues to roll on with golf tournaments and new champions, a lot of the focus still sits with a man that is recovering from a back surgery.

    Tiger Woods, the No. 1 player in the world, missed the Masters because of a surgery on

    More »

    36 minutes ago
  • Habs sign pair to entry-level contracts

    MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens signed Union College scoring leader Daniel Carr and Ontario Hockey League forward Connor Crisp to entry-level contracts Thursday. … More »

    AP - Sports - 30 minutes ago
  • Texas' Kouzmanoff to have back evaluated

    Texas' Kouzmanoff to have back evaluated

    Texas third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff was scheduled to be evaluated Friday at home by a back specialist before the Rangers have to make a roster move to active Adrian Beltre from the disabled list. Kouzmanoff, who is hitting .362 in 13 games and is … More »

    AP - Sports - 38 minutes ago
  • Cabrera, Scherzer lift Tigers by ChiSox

    Cabrera, Scherzer lift Tigers by ChiSox

    Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs, Max Scherzer struck out 10 and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 Thursday. Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his fourth save in six tries. He got the final two outs on a strikeout where Jose Abreu … More »

    AP - Sports - 39 minutes ago
  • Michael Phelps wins 100 fly heat in comeback meet

    Michael Phelps wins 100 fly heat in comeback meet

    A giddy Michael Phelps qualified fastest for the 100-meter butterfly final Thursday in his first competition since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics. The 28-year-old swimmer was second at the turn and came on down the stretch to win his heat … More »

    AP - Sports - 40 minutes ago
  • Meet the hardest thrower in baseball

    Meet the hardest thrower in baseball

    Yordano Ventura has reached 103 miles per hour on the radar gun this season. Yahoo Sports' Evan Doherty looks at the Royals pitcher and what kind of difference his speed makes for opposing batters. … More »

    Yahoo Sports Videos - 41 minutes ago
  • Marshall hires Lakers' Dan D'Antoni

    Marshall hires Lakers' Dan D'Antoni

    Marshall hired Los Angeles Lakers assistant Dan D'Antoni as its men's basketball coach Thursday. The 66-year-old D'Antoni is scheduled to be introduced at a news conference on Friday. He replaces Tom Herrion, who resigned last month after an 11-22 … More »

    AP - Sports - 46 minutes ago
  • NLRB to review Northwestern union ruling

    The National Labor Relations Board has granted Northwestern University's request that it review its ruling that football players at the university are essentially employees of the school with full collective bargaining rights. It said a previously … More »

    AP - Sports - 46 minutes ago
  • NFL owners to discuss expanded playoffs

    NFL owners to discuss expanded playoffs

    The NFL will discuss expanded playoffs at the owners' meetings next month in Atlanta. Commissioner Roger Goodell told a gathering of Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday that a vote is uncertain on the proposal to add two teams to the … More »

    AP - Sports - 47 minutes ago
  • Duke assistant Jackson named Cougars coach

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The College of Charleston has hired Duke assistant Candice Jackson as its women's basketball coach. … More »

    AP - Sports - 50 minutes ago
  • Kosar believes he's off TV for slurred speech

    Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar believes he's been unfairly sacked as a TV broadcaster. Kosar has been removed as a color commentator for Cleveland's preseason games by the team. The Browns said Wednesday night he was being replaced by … More »

    AP - Sports - 52 minutes ago
  • Keeneland to run its final races on Polytrack

    Keeneland to run its final races on Polytrack

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- When Keeneland's spring meet ends Friday, so will an era. … More »

    AP - Sports - 52 minutes ago
  • NFL questions appear on 'Jeopardy' (Tebow included!) but contestants miss easiest one

    NFL questions appear on 'Jeopardy' (Tebow included!) but contestants miss easiest one

    It's not often you see a bunch of NFL questions on the game show "Jeopardy" (fine, it's answers, and you answer in the form of a question) but they recently popped up. You never know how sports questions will go over on the show, known for much … More »

    Shutdown Corner - 54 minutes ago
  • Speeding Ferrari driver sidelined, fined, young passenger OK, in B.C. incident

    VANCOUVER - Mounties say they're appalled by the actions of a Ferrari driver from Langley, B.C., who used area roads as his personal race track. … More »

    The Canadian Press - 55 minutes ago
  • Mets hand Cards' Lynn first April loss

    Mets hand Cards' Lynn first April loss

    Chris Young homered to start New York's comeback and slumping Curtis Granderson singled in a run as a pinch hitter as Bartolo Colon and the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Thursday to send Lance Lynn to his first career loss in April. New … More »

    AP - Sports - 58 minutes ago
  • Richest pacer Foiled Again at Yonkers Raceway

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Foiled Again, harness racing's richest pacer with $6.1 million in career earnings, landed post No. 3 for Yonkers Raceway's final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 0 minutes ago
  • The greatest Patrick Kane goal celebration GIF of all-time

    The greatest Patrick Kane goal celebration GIF of all-time

    But as far as goal celebrations captured in GIF form go, the competition is over. Via Stephen Marsiano and Pete Blackburn, here is Patrick Kane, dialing up excellence: … More »

    Puck Daddy - 1 hour 0 minutes ago
  • Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda suspended 10 games for using pine tar, won't appeal

    Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda suspended 10 games for using pine tar, won't appeal

    BOSTON - New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday after being caught using pine tar. "I accept it," Pineda said before Thursday night's game at Fenway Park. Pineda was ejected in the second inning of Wednesday … More »

    The Canadian Press - 1 hour 1 minute ago
  • No Bills cheerleaders in 2014 after suit

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills cheerleaders will be making no appearances this year, a decision that comes days after a lawsuit over pay and working conditions. … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 2 minutes ago
  • Lions like Caldwell's cool, calm style

    Lions like Caldwell's cool, calm style

    Jim Caldwell has already made his mark as the new coach of the Detroit Lions. Caldwell seems cool, calm and collected. ''We want to make certain that we identify ourselves, who are we and our identity,'' Caldwell said Thursday as the Lions wrapped … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 5 minutes ago
  • Warriors try to regroup at home

    Warriors try to regroup at home

    Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson sat on the scorer's table at Oracle Arena on Wednesday morning. He gazed around the building and tried to envision what it will look and sound like when the Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers for Game 3 … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 9 minutes ago
  • Sources: Oregon's Arik Armstead purchased a $5 million insurance policy

    An industry source said Armstead’s policy is based upon a projection that the player will be selected between the middle of the first and top of the second round if he declares for the 2015 NFL draft. … More »

    Yahoo Sports - 1 hour 11 minutes ago
  • Reds beat Pirates for seventh win in 9

    Reds beat Pirates for seventh win in 9

    Ryan Ludwick lined a two-run double after two Cincinnati batters were hit by pitches, lifting Tony Cingrani and the Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Thursday. The Reds won for the seventh time in nine games and reached .500 at 11-11. The … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 11 minutes ago
  • Yankees RHP Pineda suspended 10 games

    Yankees RHP Pineda suspended 10 games

    New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday after being caught using pine tar. ''I accept it,'' Pineda said before Thursday night's game at Fenway Park. Pineda was ejected in the second inning of Wednesday night's … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 14 minutes ago