After watching John Harbaugh address the media, Jack and Jackie Harbaugh made their way across the ground level of the Superdome to the 49ers locker room, where Jack spoke with Jim behind closed doors. The Harbaugh parents had predicted that their thoughts would likely be more with whoever lost the game, because they figured that son would need them most.
“I’m just happy it was such a great game,” Jackie Harbaugh said. “I’m happy for John. I know how much Jim wanted this game, too. That’s the way they are. It was right down to the bitter end, really. It’s all in the family, so that’s nice, and after this day’s over, they’ll go back to work.”
The leadup to this game was all about the Harbaughs — the first time siblings had coached against each other in the championship game. Every day for nearly two weeks, the two were asked about each other’s careers — John was forthcoming, Jim less so.
They had their own news conferences in which they said their family motto was: “Who has it better than us?”
It would hard to find another family in the NFL that does right now, even if one of them just lost the biggest game in which he’d ever coached.