Matt & Mindi: The final four plays cost 49ers the game
NEW ORLEANS -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh does not envision ever sitting down and re-watching Super Bowl XLVII with his brother, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
"No," the victorious Harbaugh said Monday morning, less than 12 hours after the Ravens' 34-31 victory over the 49ers. "I don't ever think we will ever watch that game together. Absolutely not."
[INSTANT REPLAY: Ravens 34, 49ers 31]
In the historical Brother vs. Brother matchup for the NFL championship, the older brother prevailed. John, 50, is 15 months older than Jim, 49.
"As you stood there on the field before the game, I kind of came to the conclusion that the only thing that would have been worse is if one of us wasn't there," John said. "The only thing that would have been worse than that is if neither one of us were there. It feels pretty rough. It's really tough.
"The toughest moment of all was walking across the field. If you can imagine, you feel an incredible amount of elation with an incredible amount of devastation. Those two feelings went hand-in-hand in that moment. I'm still feeling it. That's just reality."
When asked what he said to his winning brother at the traditional post-game handshake at midfield, Jim Harbaugh said, "Congratulations, and that I was proud of him."
On Monday, at the press conference involving the winning coach and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, John Harbaugh expressed the pride he shares with his brother.
"He's the best coach in the National Football League," John Harbaugh said. "His record proves it over the last two seasons. What he's done is just incredible. It hasn't been done before that I know of. I'm just really proud of him."
John Harbaugh said he believes the 49ers are not going away after losses in the NFC Championship in his brother's first season as an NFL coach and a Super Bowl defeat in Year 2.
"Jim is a great competitor," John said. "Jim will do what he has always done. He will come out swinging. He will go back to work and work on the draft. Everybody in this room that has ever competed understands what we all go through when you lose a tough game or a big game.
"It's tough because you put so much in to it, your heart and your soul. You feel for everybody. No one will handle it better than Jim Harbaugh. He is the best coach in football, and he will have that team roaring back again very soon."