Super Bowl Odds 2013: Projecting the Chances of Seeing a Harbaugh Brothers Clash
Wouldn't it be cool to see brother vs. brother competing for the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 3 in New Orleans?
When the season began, it appeared as though the Manning brothers had a legitimate shot at making this possible.
Instead, Eli Manning and the New York Giants digressed while Jim Fox essentially cost the Denver Broncos a trip to the AFC Championship Game.
But with the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers still very much alive in the Super Bowl hunt, there's still a real chance we could see Jim and John Harbaugh square off on the NFL's biggest stage.
My, my, who will Jack and Jackie root for?
Out of the gate, Bet Online marks Jim's 49ers as 3.5-point favorites on the road against the Atlanta Falcons while John's Ravens are early 7.5-point underdogs to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Foxborough.
The Niners defense will be too much for Matt Ryan and an inconsistent rushing game to overcome, and Colin Kaepernick will give Atlanta's defense fits with weapons like Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree.
Unfortunately for Baltimore, it has to travel to a surging New England team that just dropped 41 points on the Houston Texans in the divisional round.
Despite the loss of Rob Gronkowski for the remainder of the season (via USA Today), Brady still has a handful of weapons and a running game to complement his aerial attack.
Stevan Ridley has been solid all season, and Shane Vereen had a coming-out party against Houston, scoring three touchdowns and amassing a total of 124 yards.
Joe Flacco looked surprisingly good in the win against the Broncos on Saturday night, but the odds of the fifth-year QB out-dueling Brady in New England are slim to none.
It's been a great run and an inspiring story for Ray Lewis in his final season in the NFL, but all signs point to his career coming to a close on Sunday.
The Ravens surely shouldn't be counted out—Flacco is playing better of late and Ray Rice is a top RB in this league—but Brady rarely loses in the playoffs (unless it's against the New York Giants, of course).
Seeing the Harbaugh brothers matched up against each other in Super Bowl XLVII would add another dimension to an event that already comes stacked with storylines, but the odds are against it.
As I said earlier, the Ravens aren't dead in the water, but I like the Pats here.
Odds of a Harbaugh brothers Super Bowl: 40%
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