49ers vs. Lions: Jim Harbaugh, Jim Schwartz Antics Beg for Rematch in Playoffs

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIIOctober 16, 2011

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 16: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the San Francisco 49ers argues with Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions during the NFL game at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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After the San Francisco 49ers' 25-19 win over the previously undefeated Detroit Lions, a scuffle between head coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz added fuel to a proverbial fire that may be flaring up this coming postseason.

Immediately after the expiration of the clock, Harbaugh enthusiastically ran out onto the field and brushed past Schwartz with a half-hearted hand slap and, according to Schwartz, an expletive.

Schwartz was angered by this and he chased after Harbaugh, intending to give him a piece of his mind. Although Schwartz never got close, both coaches' words after the heated exchange indicated that neither was particularly sorry for his actions.

Although the Lions and 49ers don't face each other for the rest of the regular season, this storyline could creep back up as the postseason gets nearer. If both teams continue to have success and end up making the playoffs, they could face each other at some point in the NFC bracket.

The 49ers are by far the best team in their division at this point, as their competition consists of the lowly Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks.

It would be a major upset if San Francisco didn't win its division and gets a high seed.

The Lions, on the other hand, share the division with the 6-0 Green Bay Packers, as well as the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. But even though the NFC North could be the best all-around division in the NFL, the Lions still have a good shot at the playoffs.

At this point, one has to think Green Bay will win the division, but since the Lions are 5-1 and have beaten both the Vikings and the Bears already, it would take a major collapse for them not to grab a wild-card berth.

This could mean a second Lions-49ers meeting, but this time in the playoffs. Such a matchup would end up being a media frenzy based on the "bad blood" between Harbaugh and Schwartz.

This likely won't be the last you hear of Jim Harbaugh vs. Jim Schwartz.