Early Super Bowl preview: The Harbaugh brothers are not the only storyline
We'll certainly be covering all aspects of Super Bowl XLVII throughout the next two weeks at Shutdown Corner, but here are a few general observations about the upcoming game. Super Bowl XLVII San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens Sunday, February 3, 6:30 p.m. ET Mercedez-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA Over the next two weeks, there will be countless stories about "HarBowl I", as 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh are, in fact, brothers. That storyline is already testing the patience of football fans, and football scribes, everywhere, but when you step back for a minute, it is a rather impressive feat. Two brothers are coaching against one another in the Super Bowl! Prior to his team taking on the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, John Harbaugh watched his younger brother's team cap off an impressive come-from-behind 28-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons while his own players stretched and warmed up on the field at Gillette Stadium. The elder Harbaugh brother sent a congratulatory message through a CBS camera and, after beating the Patriots 28-13, spoke of how proud he was of Jim's accomplishment. "[I] couldn't be more proud of Jim," John said in his post-game press conference. "Watching that team play, they do reflect his personality. They have a great staff. They're physical players, man. They run the ball, they throw the ball, they have a quarterback that's throwing the ball all over the place. They've got a rough-house defense. There's a reason they are in the Super Bowl. Love the way they play." There is a lot to like about the way the 49ers are playing on offense. After a slow start against the Falcons, second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was making just his ninth NFL start, completed 16-of-21 pass attempts for 233 yards and a touchdown pass. In a divisional playoff win over the Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick set the NFL single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 181 yards (and two touchdowns) on 16 attempts. Against the Falcons, Kaepernick only ran the ball twice for 21 yards, gaining 23 yards on a scramble. The unique threat that Kaepernick presents opposing defenses, however, was enough to freeze the Falcons defenders, allowing running backs Frank Gore and LaMichael James to gash Atlanta's defense for 124 yards and three touchdowns.