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Harbaugh family hopes for a tie

The SportsXchange

While most people in America have pledged their allegiance to the San Francisco 49ers or Baltimore Ravens for the upcoming Super Bowl, Jacki and Jack Harbaugh hope for a tie.

Naturally. The parents of Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh refused to pick a favorite for the first Super Bowl matchup to fit brothers against one another as coaches.

"One is going to win, and one is going to lose," Jacki Harbaugh said. "But I'd like it to end in a tie, can the NFL do that?"

Only during the regular season. This time, the teams will play as many overtimes as it takes to decide a winner. The sibling connection has led to the some calling the game "Harbowl" and "Superbaugh."

John Harbaugh created some levity Thursday when he began the conference call with reporters by introducing himself as "John from Baltimore," then asked: "Is it true that both of you like Jim better than John?"

Jacki Harbaugh insisted she didn't favor one over the other, but her daughter recognized John's voice.

"To make a comparison demeans," Jack Harbaugh said. "We choose to look at them similarly."

Though this time they're playing for the Vince Lombardi trophy, the Harbaugh brothers also met in a Thanksgiving game in 2011. The Ravens won that game.
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