Jim Harbaugh would love it if his postgame handshake with Detroit coach Jim Schwartz last season were ancient history 11 months later.
If only. Not this week. Not with two unbeaten NFC powers set to face off in prime time Sunday night, when the Lions visit the reigning NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park.
Harbaugh refers to it as a ''mini controversy'' and ''completely irrelevant,'' eager to keep the focus on the players for both teams. Running back Frank Gore insists that everybody has moved forward, especially after a 30-22 season-opening victory Sunday at Green Bay.
After a 25-19 comeback win last Oct. 16 at Ford Field, Harbaugh infuriated Schwartz with a firm handshake and backslap. The men had to be separated as they left the field.