In case you hadn’t heard,
Those two have been peppered with countless questions about each other since earning their trips to New Orleans. But that's nothing compared to being stacked up against each other for five decades.
With apologies in advance to John Harbaugh, who as a rule refuses to answer comparison questions, here is a look at how John and Jim measure up in our Tale of the Tape, though I guess winning Sunday's Super Bowl is what really matters. The Harbaugh boys were evaluated in 10 categories, deciding which brother wins overall.
Jim started 140 games at quarterback in the
WORKING FOR POPS
After graduating from Miami, John joined his father, Jack, at Western Michigan, where Jack was the head coach. During his final eight years in the NFL, Jim was an unpaid assistant coach for Jack at Western Kentucky, scouting and recruiting players while he was still playing in the league. Advantage: Jim.
ROUTE TO THE NFL
John climbed his way through the college ranks then joined
After the Ravens traded for Jim before the 1998 season, Jim started their season opener, which was the first game at what is now M&T Bank Stadium, against the
RAY LEWIS CONNECTION
Jim was the victim of the linebacker’s first NFL sack, midway through
In 2008, John inherited a 5-11 team, won 11 games in the regular season and coached the Ravens to the
After veteran starter
John has gotten better with the Baltimore media over the years, but he is not always warm and fuzzy. Still, he laughs when he watches how prickly his brother can be in his press conferences. Advantage: John.
SUPER BOWL EXPERIENCE
John made it to Super Bowl XXXIX as an assistant with the
OVERALL COACHING RESUME
John has won 67.5 percent of his regular season games and eight total playoff games, coached the Ravens to the playoffs in each of his five seasons, and made it to three AFC championship games, winning one. Jim is 24-7-1 in two regular seasons, and he has won three playoff games. Advantage: John.
THE FINAL VERDICT