Super Bowl Predictions 2012: Harbaugh Brothers Will Face off for Championship

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 20, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 12:  Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers argues a call with the officials during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field December 24, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)
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At 3:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, John Harbaugh will coach his Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots.

At 6:00 p.m. EST, his brother, Jim Harbaugh, will coach the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants.

Both Harbaugh parents have decided to remain at home, refusing to show favoritism by attending either of the games. I wonder what they will do when both advance to the Super Bowl?

The Ravens are seven-point underdogs in the early game against the Patriots.

It's a bit baffling. The Patriots have the best offense remaining in the postseason, but lack a defense that allows them to put games away.

This New England team isn't going to put up their usual 32 points per game. They will score, but not nearly as much as usual.

This entire game really rides on the arm of quarterback Joe Flacco. The Patriots secondary is abysmal. The Ravens defense will hold enough, so it's on Flacco to put up some points.

This is Flacco's chance to prove the critics wrong. This game is all on him.

Later in the day the 49ers have to take on the hottest team in the NFL. They will have their hands full with one of the best offenses in the league. The Giants defense has also stepped up in recent weeks.

Last week, San Francisco put together one of the most dramatic and impressive victories in NFL playoff history to defeat the New Orleans Saints.

The 49ers defense may be one of the best defenses in the league since the Ravens team that won the Super Bowl in 2001.

They play with an intensity that is unmatched by any team in the league.

It will be the difference in the NFC Championship Game. The defense will manage to create turnovers and put the 49ers offensive in a position to manage the game.

Then, in Super Bowl XLVI, the Harbaugh brothers will face one another for the title of World Champions.