SANTA CLARA -- The first Super Bowl featuring brothers as head coaches will offer another first: a joint news conference with them on Feb. 1.
The 49ers' Jim Harbaugh will speak with older brother John, the Baltimore Ravens coach, at 8:30 a.m. in what will be their team's final media session before Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.
The 49ers are scheduled to arrive this Sunday at 7:30 p.m., and a news conference will be held an hour later at the team's downtown hotel with Harbaugh, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and four to six players.
Some 21 hours later, the Ravens are scheduled to fly into New Orleans International Airport, and they also will have a media session with their Harbaugh, their
The NFL released both teams' media schedule Tuesday, and perhaps the one fans might be looking forward to most is the Feb. 4 session, when the winning coach and Super Bowl MVP will be available at 8:30 a.m.
Jim Harbaugh talked Monday about it being a "blessing and a curse" to face his brother, along with the "Har-Bowl" hype it's spurred.
"Every moment that you're talking about myself or John, that's less time that the players are going to be talked about," said Jim Harbaugh, who'll speak six straight days with the media, including Monday afternoon with four to six players.
All players will be made available Tuesday through
The 49ers' pulled the early shift in meeting with the media on Wednesday and Thursday -- Jan. 30 and Jan. 31 -- from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the team hotel. The Ravens' access on those days isn't until 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The 49ers will kick off their first Super Bowl practice at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. Idle Tuesday, the 49ers will allow the media to watch players warm up for the first 30 minutes, unless team drills begin earlier. That is the minimum access mandated under league policy and it follows the 49ers' two-season protocol under Harbaugh.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is the only one scheduled for a formal media session, at 3:30 p.m. A former Ravens assistant, Fangio will have lots to talk about, and most pertinent is the 49ers' shaky pass defense in their four playoff games under him. Fangio also will be asked for insight into what was great pass defense in the clutch Sunday to eliminate the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC Championship game.
After Fangio's news conference, the 49ers will open their locker room to the media for 45 minutes.
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