Only in the NFL: super rematch!



Storylines can sometimes make you scratch your head in disbelief. One such story is that of two brothers, John and Jim Harbaugh, both head football coaches of two of the 12 NFL teams that qualified for the 2012 playoffs, getting their teams within one victory of coaching against each other in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on February 5. John, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, lost 23-20 to New England; Jim, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, lost 20-17 in overtime to New York.

Then there’s Eli Manning, New York Giants quarterback and little brother of Peyton Manning, the injured superstar of the Indianapolis Colts, proving again he is indeed an elite quarterback, leading the Giants back to the Super Bowl for a chance to win his second Super Bowl before older brother Peyton gets his second in Indianapolis, Indiana — where older brother Peyton plays, of all places, against the same team, Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots, and Tom Brady that he beat in Super Bowl 42 (17-14).

Just amazing. Eli Manning is the first quarterback to win five road playoff games in NFL history. B&B, Brady and Belichick, are the first quarterback and head coach to reach five Super Bowls together.

Sunday’s NFC and AFC Championships could not have been closer. One was decided in overtime and the other on the game’s final play. The Giants are 3-1 in the Super Bowl, while the Patriots are 3-3.

This week, the NFL Pro Bowl will take place in Hawaii, the stars of the NFC vs. the AFC.


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