It’s now official, football fans: The San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens will meet in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII, a match-up that will feature an epic battle between Ravens head coach John and Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh, earning it the name “HarBowl.”
The Niners punched their ticket to the Super Bowl after a thrilling 28-24 comeback over the Atlanta Falcons, while the Ravens avenged last year’s playoff loss, upsetting the New England Patriots, 28-13.
It is the second time these teams will face off since Jim entered the league in 2011 — the Ravens won the last match-up on Thanksgiving of that same year, when Alex Smith was under center for the Niners.
Vegas has opened the line for the Super Bowl with San Fran as 4.5-point favorites. The total is set at 50.
No word on the over/under Vegas has placed on the use of the word “HarBowl,” a phrase that is sure to annoy a few people in the next couple of week. If you’re one of those people, or, if the name “Harbowl” doesn’t really do it for you, you can try Super Baugh, Harbattle, or even, the Bro Bowl on for size.
Here are a few other stories coming out of Sunday’s Conference Title Games:
- Bill Belichick refused to address the media following the Patriots loss in Foxboro. CBS analyst Shannon Sharpe called out Belichick on the network’s post-game show, saying “Bill Belichick makes it easy to root against the Patriots” and calling Belichick’s actions “unacceptable.”
- Matt Ryan and Tom Brady combined for zero points in the second half of Sunday’s Conference Title Games. So, there is that.
- The Patriots lost the AFC title matchup for the first time in five home games — the loss also denied Brady and Belichick their shot at a sixth Super Bowl.
- But not to worry, Pats fans: Brady now has 5,949 postseason passing yards, the most in NFL history.
- Falcons QB Matt Ryan suffered a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder in Sunday’s loss. At this time, no surgery is needed but the Falcons are currently waiting to see if he will require an MRI on Monday.
- Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, who caught 8 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s loss, told the media he will “probably” retire this off-season, though he has not made an official announcement.
- This not-to-be-missed GIF of Jim Harbaugh is the greatest thing ever.