NEW ORLEANS — The older brother gave a clinic on how to be graceful after a victory, telling the entire world that the losing coach in the Super Bowl was the best in the business.
“There is no greater coach in the National Football league — or in the world, really — than Jim Harbaugh,” his brother John said.
The younger brother showed everyone exactly how not to handle a defeat on the biggest stage, behaving like an overgrown brat after the referees didn’t throw a flag for defensive holding on the final play of the decisive drive, and then in a six-minute news conference never praising his brother once for what he accomplished.
“I really want to handle this with class,” Jim Harbaugh said, before he decided not to, “(but) there is no question in my mind that there was a pass interference and a hold on (Michael) Crabtree on the last one.”
So let that be the postscript of Super Bowl XLVII: The two weeks leading into the game were a psychological study of two brothers so close in age but so different in every way, and that didn’t change Sunday night after the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, with a dramatic defensive stand.