Ravens hand 49ers second loss
Instead, the Baltimore Ravens coach played the role of gracious big brother after he bested Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers 16-6 Thursday night in the first NFL game featuring brothers as opposing head coaches.
The Ravens (8-3) tied a franchise record with nine sacks to end San Francisco's eight-game winning streak.
"To the 49ers and to my brother, I can't tell you enough how proud I am of him and the job he's done building that football team," John said of Jim, a rookie NFL coach. "That's a football team. The way they're built, it's pretty hard to figure out a way to beat them."
John, 49, and Jim, 47, grew up dueling each other in all sorts of games. This, however, was the first time their sibling rivalry was displayed on a national stage.
During the final minute, John got a Gatorade bath from his players—twice. After the game ended, the brothers hugged at midfield.
The loss drops the 49ers two games behind Green Bay (11-0) for the best record and homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
-- Cowboys 20, Dolphins 19—Tony Romo doesn't care about winning in style. He's leading the Dallas Cowboys to victories, and that's all that matters.
Romo overcame a pair of early interceptions by throwing two TD passes to Laurent Robinson, and rookie Dan Bailey made a 28-yard FG as time expired, giving the Cowboys a victory at Arlington, Texas.
The Cowboys (7-4) were never able to grab control, but also never trailed by more than six points. The defense gave up scores on four straight series, but limited the damage because three of those were field goals. They finally got a stop with Dallas trailing 19-17.