Super Bowl 2013: John and Jim Harbaugh Haven't Spoken Since Big Game

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  Head coach Jim Harbaugh (R) of the San Francisco 49ers congratulates his brother head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens after the Ravens won 34-31 during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Sibling rivalry is very real for John and Jim Harbaugh. 

According to John in an interview on the Late Show with David Letterman, the two haven't spoken since the Super Bowl, when John's Baltimore Ravens defeated Jim's San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in one of the most memorable championship games in recent memory. 

The big game marked the first time in NFL history that a pair of brothers coached against each other in the Super Bowl. A fact that wasn't lost on anyone before the game. 

According to John, the two briefly exchanged words after the game. John said that he loved Jim and was proud of him, and Jim responded with congratulations. That was all that was said between the two. They haven't spoken to one another since. 

From what we know about Jim Harbaugh, losing isn't something he takes very well. Taking one on the chin to your big brother certainly wouldn't make things any easier. 

Jim certainly wore his emotions on his sleeve throughout the Super Bowl and knowing his ultra-competitive nature, it'll probably take him most of the offseason to get over this one.

John also said that there were no hard feelings or anything of that nature, and that he plans on chatting with his brother sometime soon. For now, he's going to be giving him his space. 

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For his part, John said that the situation was pretty awkward after the game. He called it the hardest thing he's ever experienced (h/t Josh Alper, NBC Sports).

Much was made before the game about the moral dilemma that would come from achieving the highest honor in your career at the expense of your brother falling short, and it just goes to show the situation was as difficult as advertised. 

While John says that the two will talk soon, he had better hope little brother Jim is on board with that sentiment. With two months between now and Easter, family get-togethers could get real awkward if the two don't break their silence soon. 

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