Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh talking about his younger brother Jim, coach of the 49ers:

  • Called the 49ers "extremely well coached, I'd have say" and then paused and smiled to let it sink in.

    "Jim's just done a great job with the team. I'm proud of him and what he's accomplished as a coach, but more so as a man. A family man, as a father, as a brother, as a son. Their football team reflects his personality -- they're tough, they're hard-nosed, they're physical, they play field-position football. They've added the element of big plays this year. All those things. We're just going to have to prepare for a really great football team."

  • More on Jim

    "We actually haven't talked yet. We've both been pretty swamped in the planning. ... I talked to my mom and dad last night. That was a great conversation. Just thanks to my mom and dad and Joanie over in Indiana. I couldn't have been brought up in a better situation. Couldn't have had more fun, and they're having fun right now. I can't wait to see them in New Orleans. It's going to be a great time."

  • On Jim's competitiveness

    "He's an incredibly competitive person. He will fight you for anything. Whether it was a game of cards growing up, whatever, he was going to find a way to win no matter what. That's what made him a great player, it's what made him a good student in college, it's what makes him the man he is. He's also really talented. He's the guy in hockey who took the puck down the middle of the rink and everybody bounced off him and he scored goals. He got every rebound and scored every point. The gym teacher in fourth grade said he was too competitive and needed to ease off a little bit. My dad said no, he doesn't need to ease off. He needs to compete. The thing people don't see is how warm a heart he's got and his sense of humor and how much fun he has. What you see is what you get. That's who he is."

  • Thanksgiving meeting last year make it easier?

    "I just want everybody to know, that was a four-day deal and every story has been told. We're not that interesting. There's nothing more to learn. ... It was just like any other family, really. I really hope the focus is not so much on that. We get it, it's really cool and it's exciting and all that. But it's really about the team, about the players, about the guys you're talking about. It's about the players, the guys out there on the field, who are actually in the arena, whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood, you know? Remember that one? (It's a Theodore Roosevelt quote). That's what it's about. The more we focus on those guys, I think the better it is for everybody."

  • Told it's the first time two brothers have coached against each other in a professional championship game:

    "I like reading a lot of history ... I guess it's pretty neat. But is it really going to be written about? It's not exactly like Churchill and Roosevelt or anything. It's pretty cool, but that's as far as it goes."