Super Bowl XLVII will pit brothers Jim and John Harbaugh, head coaches of the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, respectively, against each other. This is a neat storyline that you will be utterly tired of in two weeks, but for now NFL fans are right to be excited about one of the more intriguing Super Bowl subplots in a long time.
The two have faced each other just once since Jim took over as the head coach of the 49ers in 2011. The Ravens beat the Niners, 16-6, on Nov. 24, 2011, in an ugly day for offense at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The neutral confines of the Superdome should be friendlier to the Niners, not to mention the fact that their offense has taken tremendous strides since.
The Ravens are motivated, however. Linebacker Ray Lewis will be ending a long and productive career after the Super Bowl, and there is no question that his teammates will be doing whatever they can to send him out a winner.
Here is the low-down on Super Bowl XLVII:
Super Bowl XLVII
Who: San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1) vs. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
When: 6:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, Feb. 3
TV announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Early Line: 49ers favored by 5 points