The game marks the first time two brothers will face off as head coaches for the Vince Lombardi trophy. John Harbaugh coaches Baltimore while Jim Harbaugh coaches San Francisco. However, John Harbaugh downplayed any sibling rivalry for the match-up. "It's pretty cool," John Harbaugh said in a statement. "But it's really about the team. It's about the players. That's what it's about. It's about those guys. The more we focus on those guys, the better it is for everybody."
The Super Bowl will be held in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, and veteran Raven quarterback Joe Flacco said it was a dream come true to play in the big game. "This is just one of those things you dream of when you are a little kid," said Flacco in a statement. "You watch Joe Montana and those guys in the Super Bowl. So to be here at this point is pretty special."
Flacco will face off against Colin Kaepernick, a second-year player who stepped up to the position of starting quarterback this season. "If Colin Kaepernick plays well in the Super Bowl, he is going to change the face of the quarterback position," said NFL Network analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders in a statement.
John Fox, the head coach of the Denver Broncos, gave the Ravens credit for winning on the road when they handed defeat to the Broncos on Jan. 12. "To come here on the road, credit goes to Baltimore," Fox said in a statement. "I thought they did a superb job with some adversity and fighting back. You know we did too, but we just came up short."
Broncos fans have had several weeks to recover from the sting of disappointment, and many plan on watching the Super Bowl even if Peyton Manning is not playing. Several Denver bars are featuring Super Bowl parties on Sunday, including the following:
- Casselman's Bar & Venue
2620 Walnut St.
Denver, CO 80205
Casselman's Game of Giving Fundraiser kicks off at 3 p.m., and a portion of proceeds will be donated to charity. Tickets are $25 and include a food buffet, draft beer and Jello shots.
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
The Hi-Dive will show the Super Bowl on a jumbo projection screen. Free pizza and drink specials will also be available. The 21-and-up event starts at 3 p.m. Free admission.
Two locations: Tavern Downtown or The Soiled Dove Underground (Lowry)
The Tavern is holding its ultimate Super Bowl party at two locations this year. Advance tickets are $35 or tickets at the door are $40. Tickets include all-you-can-eat wings, pizza and chili, as well as unlimited draft beer and well drinks.