Ravens coach John Harbaugh can only sigh when he thinks about all the questions he encountered last season when he faced his brother, Jim, in a regular-season game.
Now, the Ravens coach is preparing for the avalanche of repetitive storylines when they play Jim’s San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.
“Every story has been told. We aren't that interesting. There is nothing more to learn,” Harbaugh said, with a laugh, though he knows what's coming during the lead up to the Super Bowl and circus-like media day Jan. 29.
On Nov. 24, 2011, Thanksgiving Day, the Ravens beat the 49ers 16-6. It was a field-goal battle until the fourth quarter when tight end Dennis Pitta caught a 9-yard touchdown pass. That's where he hopes the conversation stays -- about what's happening on the field and not the sidelines.
"I really hope the focus is not so much on that. We get it. It’s really cool, and it’s really exciting and all of that." Harbaugh said. "It’s really about the team. It’s about the players. It’s about the guys that you are talking about. It’s about the players. It’s the guys out there on the field who are actually in the arena. ... It’s about those guys. The more we focus on those guys, the better it is for everybody."
John is in his fifth season with the Ravens, having led them to the playoffs each season including three AFC championship games and his first Super Bowl. Jim is in his second season in San Francisco, leading his team to the NFC championship game in each season.
Both lost in their conference title games last year. This time, the Ravens beat the New England Patriots 28-13. The 49ers knocked off the Atlanta Falcons 28-24. Both wins came on the road.