The home team Atlanta Falcons face off against the San Francisco 49ers at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. Shortly afterwards, the Baltimore Ravens travel to New England to take on the Patriots at 6:30 p.m. ET.
That’s certainly an exciting lineup for Sunday’s football action. However, what makes it so special is that with just four teams remaining, football fans can still hope for the possibility of a Super Bowl between brothers.
If both the 49ers and Ravens take care of their respective opponents on Sunday, we’ll have a matchup between John Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh. While I'm sure they've had their share of brotherly quarrels at an earlier age, this time the two could be duking it out in perhaps the single most important game in American sports.
For all intents and purposes, we’ll call it the Har-Bowl.
Still, what exactly are the chances of our Har-Bowl occurring on Super Bowl Sunday?
Well, in the first game between the Falcons and the 49ers, San Francisco definitely has to like its chances on the road. Atlanta simply doesn’t match up well against the way the 49ers play on either side of the ball.
San Fran has a powerful and elusive running game with not only Frank Gore and LaMichael James, but with Colin Kaepernick as well.
Their passing game should be able to exploit the Falcons’ porous secondary.
To top it off, the defense favors San Fran in almost every single major category.
Will we have a Har-Bowl?
The tougher game to call will be the evening contest between Baltimore and New England.
Many are taking Tom Brady’s hot playoff hand in this game, combined with less-than-stellar play by the Ravens’ defense this year.
However, whether you like him or hate him, the return of Ray Lewis has sparked the Baltimore defense in his final postseason.
Although the Broncos put up 35 points, 14 of those were from special teams, and the Broncos offense struggled in the final three quarters and both overtimes. The previous Wild Card Weekend, Baltimore limited the Indianapolis Colts to just three field goals.
This matchup will make for a very good game and an exciting close to the conference title games on Sunday.
Whatever the result of the day’s football events, we will likely have a Super Bowl to remember. Still, the idea of the Har-Bowl, a classic battle for it all between brothers?
You just don’t see that every day.