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Harbs Will Help Brother Beat Steelers

With the 49ers playing the Steelers this week, there will be sharing of information.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

The Ravens could use a Steelers loss.

San Francisco plays Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football.

John Harbaugh’s brother, Jim, is the head coach of the 49ers.

Hmmm.

Not surprisingly, Harbaugh was asked whether there will be added conversation between the brothers this week. Will they talk Steelers strategy?

“Is there any NFL regulations on that that you’re aware of?” Harbaugh asked Kevin Byrne, Ravens senior vice president of Public and Community Relations.

“I think it’s fine for brothers to talk and exchange information,” Byrne said.

“I’m sure there will be some of that,” Harbaugh said with a grin.

“You know, coaches, really, the truth is, coaches do that around the league based on best interest and things like that. I know for a fact a lot of coaches have spent a lot of time talking about us before they play us, so I’m sure we’ll try to help him in some way if we can.”

Who knows better how to beat the Steelers this season than Harbaugh and the Ravens?

Baltimore is the only team to beat them twice this year, including 35-7 in Week 1. The Steelers’ only other loss was to the Houston Texans.

A Pittsburgh loss, coupled with a Ravens win, would give Baltimore some breathing room atop the AFC North. Right now both teams are tied with 10-3 records, but the Ravens hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Both the Steelers and Ravens have challenging West Coast trips this weekend.

The 49ers (10-3) are coming off a loss to the Arizona Cardinals, but are now in a fight with the New Orleans Saints for a first-round bye, so they have plenty to play for.

The Ravens will be facing a talented San Diego team that has won two straight after dropping six consecutive contests. The Chargers are still on the fringe of the AFC West playoff race.

If Baltimore were to beat the Chargers and the Steelers lost to San Francisco, the Ravens would essentially have a two-game lead in the AFC North with two games to play.

However, Baltimore’s focus isn’t on the Steelers-49ers game.

“It’s not really our game; it’s not really our concern,” Harbaugh said. “The story is us going out and playing San Diego. That’s the story, and that’s what we’re going to be concerned with.”

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