SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The NFC and AFC champions will be decided Sunday, with the 49ers facing the Falcons in Atlanta and the Ravens meeting the Patriots in Foxborough. Which two teams will advance to the Super Bowl?”
“I could see that going any way,” John Madden told the KCBS morning crew. “I probably would see the 49ers and New England. But I don’t think you can overlook that Ravens team, I really don’t.”
Baltimore is coached by John Harbaugh, older brother of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
“Wouldn’t that be something, the Harbaugh brothers playing each other in the Super Bowl in New Orleans? The dad, Jack Harbaugh, was a coach, and his two sons coaching in the biggest game in football… Who do you root for, where do you stand, where do you sit, do you go to the game?”
How are the Harbaughs and the other two coaches preparing for this weekend?
“There’s one part of you that says just treat it like any other game, just do what you’ve done every week,” Madden said. “And the other part of you is always reminding you how big this is, (and to) leave no stone unturned. Well, you haven’t left any stone unturned anytime (during the season) anyway… There is a little tug of war going on there.”
The former coach said the pressure to win is enormous.
“There’s only one number one and that’s what every one wants to be. If you’re not number one, then you’re just thrown in the heap with the other 31 teams.” (8:15)
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