The Breakdown: Breaking down the 49ers and the Ravens

Super Bowl XLVII pits the San Francisco 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens and brother against brother. Jim and John Harbaugh are the first siblings to be the head coaches for the two teams competing in the championship game.

Here is the breakdown of what is now being called the “Superbro.”

Breaking Down the Ravens:

  • The Baltimore Ravens originated in 1996 when Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell, relocated the franchise to Baltimore.
  • The team's name was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poem “The Raven” as Poe lived in Baltimore.
  • The Ravens have one Super Bowl triumph and that was in 2001.

Breaking Down the 49ers:

  • The 49ers were founded in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference and joined the NFL in 1949 after the two leagues merged.
  • The name "49ers" comes from the name given to the gold prospectors who arrived in northern California around 1849.
  • The 49ers have won five Super Bowl championships between 1981 and 1994.

Breaking Down the Bros:

  • The Harbaugh brothers faced each other on Thanksgiving day 2011 with the Ravens beating the 49ers 16-6.
  • The brother's father Jack Harbaugh was a well-respected college coach from 1982-2006, and his 2002 Western Kentucky team won the 1-AA National Championship.
  • John and Jim Harbaugh were born only 15 months apart.
  • Jim is in his second year as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and played 15 years in the NFL as a quarterback.
  • Big brother John never played in the NFL. He was named the Ravens head coach in 2008 after coaching with the Philadelphia Eagles for 10 years.

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