Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/13/12

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 20: Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 20, 2009 in San Diego, California. The Ravens defeated the Chargers 31-26. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
It's no secret that the Harbaugh family has the art of football running through their veins. Successful football at that. Both John Harbaugh and now brother Jim Harbaugh have coached their way into the post-season, hoping to meet each other in the grand finale. But which brother will take their winning streak further? My vote is going for John and his Baltimore Ravens.

John's team will be battling the Houston Texans this weekend, while Jim and the 49ers take on the red-hot New Orleans Saints. They both have the potential to win these games, but I would probably put my money on a victory for Baltimore over San Francisco.

Baltimore is going up against a pretty banged up Houston squad, with limited practice from guys like receiver Andre Johnson, tight end Owen Daniels, and cornerback Jonathan Joseph, who are probable but still not a sure thing this weekend. Not to mention T.J. Yates is a pretty questionable quarterback, who I don't think has what it takes to lead his team to a win over the always tough Raven bunch. The only real worry would be running back Arian Foster, who should be a very large concern. Although my confidence in Raven's quarterback Joe Flacco isn't overwhelming, I think Ray Rice will make up for it with his talent. He will be the reason why John's team will make it to the AFC Championship round. 

Over in the NFC, brother Jim will host the Saints, who are always putting up big numbers courtesy of Mr. Drew Brees and Co. Regardless of how seemingly impenetrable the 49ers' defense is, it's hard to think Brees can't find his way to the end zone multiple times. Their defense raises some questions, but I still think they can hold up against San Francisco's offense. There seems to be some wishy-washy areas. San Francisco's quarterback Alex Smith isn't exactly Super Bowl material for starters. Then again I didn't even think he was Playoff material but I guess I was wrong on that one. The receiving core is a bit shaky too, but still manages to produce. They do have a solid ground game with Frank Gore as we know. Any way you look at it, Jim's team found their way to the post-season in good shape. It may just come to an early end.

As wild as it would be to see a Super Bowl where two brothers go head-to-head coaching, I just don't see it in the cards. Personally I would love to see the 49ers make it to the big game, or as far as possible anyway. It appears to me as though big brother John may just have the upper hand in this battle of the brothers. Year after year Baltimore makes the post-season but falls a bit short. This year could be different.

As for San Francisco, they haven't reached the Playoffs in long while. Jim took the coaching reigns this year and could be the answer the franchise is looking for. Even if they lose this weekend, they still had a solid season to reflect on.

Based on the match-ups this weekend, John might be a little more favored. It's been a nice run Jim, but I think the older brother is going to leave you behind this year.





 
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