NFL Playoffs 2012: A Harbaugh Brothers Super Bowl XLVI Is a Real Possibility

Mike WalkerContributor IIIJanuary 11, 2012

Harbaugh Brother Super Bowl is building Momentum
Harbaugh Brother Super Bowl is building MomentumRob Carr/Getty Images

The likelihood of Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the 49ers" for the San Francisco 49ers, and John Harbaugh, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, meeting each other in the 2012 Super Bowl seems almost unbelievable.

But if both coaches win their respective playoff games this weekend, the reality of that possibility has to begin to sink in.

The brothers made history when their teams met on Thanksgiving Day, in a nationally televised game won by the Ravens.  It was a hard-fought contest seen by viewers all over the world.

At this point, there is still an element of fantasy in believing in a rematch.

Most experts see the 49ers as a long-shot to beat out the New Orleans Saints, the New York Giants or the Green Bay Packers as the NFC representative in Super Bowl XLVI.

The Ravens are hosting the Houston Texans in their divisional playoff game.  They would advance to the Super Bowl if they can eliminate the Texans, and then beat the Denver Broncos or the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

While there remain hurdles for the 49ers and the Ravens, both teams' head coaches are willing their respective squads with one mind, one goal and one objective: winning the Super Bowl and hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in the subsequent victory parade.

Jack Harbaugh, father of Jim and John, had trouble even watching his sons coach against each other at the Ravens' stadium during the regular season.  He elected to view the game in a quiet place without cameras focused on his reactions to the brutal contest.

The Ravens overwhelmed the 49ers with a vicious pass rush and won the game, 16-6.

Now there’s another twist that comes into play linking the brothers.

The 49ers and the Ravens are both number No. 2 seeds in their conferences, putting them in strikingly similar positions coming out of the gate.

Whether it's a mere thought, fantasy or perhaps even a bad dream, it genuinely feels good to know that NFL fans may have an opportunity to watch history again, if the Harbaugh brothers face each other in the Super Bowl XLVI.