The worst possible thing that could have happened has happened for most NFL fans.
It will be the Ravens vs. the 49ers in the Super Bowl this year.
That in itself isn't so bad. There should be plenty of story lines for this game.
But they will all be overshadowed by the Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh stories that will be churned out as if they've never been done before.
Did you know that John and Jim Harbaugh are brothers? Brothers!
They even share the same parents.
We saw all of this in 2012 when the Ravens and 49ers met for a Thanksgiving Day game when the story was played to death. It will all be hashed and rehashed again in the next two weeks. Ugh!
@ For Steelers fans, the Ravens making the Super Bowl is a good thing.
We already knew that Ray Lewis was going to retire at the end of this season. But with Baltimore making it this far, there's a good chance that some of the other Ravens' longtime vets hang it up after this game as well.
Ed Reed, Bryant McKinnie, Anquan Boldin and Matt Birk are four others who come to mind, which would leave Baltimore with some big shoes to fill.
And then there's this: With each playoff win, Joe Flacco's pricetag goes up another $10 or so million.
Flacco has played pretty well in these playoffs, but I'm still not a big fan. I don't think he's an elite talent at quarterback. But he's going to have to be paid as if he is now.