NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - The most hyped coaching matchup in Super Bowl history will pit two brothers against each other today.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh will be facing his younger brother Jim, who coaches the San Francisco 49ers, in a subplot to the National Football League championship game that turned into a media frenzy on Saturday.
The opposing coaches held a joint news conference at the end of the week for the first time ever in a Super Bowl where John downplayed the brothers' roles in today's landmark contest, saying the focus should really be on the players.
"It is going to be the guys out there on the field whose faces are marred in blood, sweat and dust," said John, who is 15 months older. "Those will be the guys who will determine this game."
Saturday's news conference was a spectacle in itself.
About 400 media squeezed into the Conference room B at the New Orleans Convention Center, along with members of the Harbaugh family, including their parents, uncle and 97-year-old grandfather, Joe Cipiti.