Well, one prediction is easy for the oddsmakers at YouWager– one of the Harbaugh brothers will win Super Bowl XLVII. And that’s a guarantee.
Just hours after head coach Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers rallied from a 17 point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons and claim the NFC title, sportsbook bettors saw head coach John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens score 21 points to eventually defeat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 28-13. The victory for Baltimore was a very special one. The Ravens lost the AFC Championship in the 2011 NFL football betting season to the same opponent.
Both Harbaughs led teams had to recover from the half-time leads their foes had accumulated in their respective contests, in road games, to gain passage to the NFL championship game, the Super Bowl, in New Orleans, on February 3rd.
Those victories have made history. Jim and John Harbaugh will be the first brothers to square off in the biggest game in the NFL. Technically, an NFL analyst at YouWager says, it may even be the very first time brothers have competed for a national championship in an important U.S. professional sporting event.
John Harbaugh encouraged Baltimore’s QB, Joe Flacco to take to the air against New England’s struggling secondary, and balanced the attack with Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce on the ground. Harbaugh told a YouWager news source, “We kind of made a decision on the second half to cut it loose a little bit more. We were running the ball with some effectiveness, but they were doing a good job on defense. Their front seven is as good as any in football and we had to get away from that. We had to get away from challenging them and give Joe a chance to make some plays.”
Flacco passed for 81 yards on 6 out of 12 throws in the first half, and by the end of the game, he had completed 21-of-36 for 240 yards and made three touchdowns.
Last season, Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers were beaten by the New York Giants in overtime in the championship game, and many YouWager bettors probably thought it looked as though the 49ers were destined to repeat that fate in the first half as the Atlanta Falcons grabbed a 17 point lead. QB Matt Ryan threw for almost 300 yards. But for the second time in a row, the Falcons lost their lead. San Francisco’s QB, Colin Kaepernick, led the comeback, but not on the ground. Running backs Frank Gore and LaMichael James took care of the running game while Kaepernick hit tight end Vernon Davis with repeated success.
Older brother Jon Harbaugh told YouWager’s source, “I’d like to think our two teams are very similar. I’d like to think when you look at the two teams you’re looking at mirror images of two football teams. It’s going to be a great football game.”