Harbaugh brothers dominate pregame story lines

BY ANTHONY ALFORD

The biggest story line headed into Super Bowl XLVII was the battle between the two Harbaugh brothers, Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers and John Harbaugh of the Ravens. Who would have ever thought that two brothers would be competing against each other in the Super Bowl?

Within that story line, broadcasters also focused on key personnel decisions made by the brothers during the regular season. John Harbaugh made the decision to fire his offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and replaced him with Jim Caldwell. But, the bigger story was Jim Harbaugh’s decision to bench Alex Smith in favor of Colin Kaepernick mid-season.

Ray Lewis’ final game also dominated pregame broadcasts. Lewis announced his retirement a few days before the playoffs began. His emotional impact has been special to watch throughout this playoff run. He had the opportunity to be like Michael Strahan or Jerome Bettis and ride into the sunset as a champion. Seeing his fairy tale ending come true on Sunday was a joy to watch.

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