DETROIT (AP) — Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz have helped turn San Francisco and Detroit into contenders, earning plenty of attention for the energy and attitude they bring to the sidelines.
That intensity was on full display Sunday during a postgame dustup after the 49ers handed the Lions their first loss of the season.
Harbaugh, the San Francisco coach, came running across the field and gave his Detroit counterpart an exuberant handshake and then a slap on the back. Schwartz took exception and chased Harbaugh back toward the tunnel, but the two were kept separated. Players gathered and appeared to restore order.
“I went to congratulate Coach Harbaugh and got shoved out of the way,” Schwartz said after his team’s 25-19 loss. “I didn’t expect an obscenity at that point. Obviously, when you win a game like that, you are excited, but there is a protocol.”
Schwartz wouldn’t elaborate much.
“I’m sure it is on video, and you can see it,” Schwartz said.
Harbaugh took the blame but wasn’t about to tone down his excitement after the big win.
“That’s totally on me,” Harbaugh said. “I shook his hand too hard.”
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the incident will be reviewed.
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