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Harbaugh patriarch not focused on SB

Jack Harbaugh said Tuesday that he hasn't thought about the possibility of his sons coaching against each other in the Super Bowl, but he's thankful for understanding neighbors.

John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens travel to face the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game and Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers host the New York Giants in the NFC title game.

"We really haven't thought about (a possible Super Bowl showdown)," Jack Harbaugh said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "The direction we go with that in this experience over these last five or six weeks has really taught us the tremendous pride we have in both of them and Joanie (sister of John and Jim) and our nine grandkids, but I choose right now to focus on the parents and grandparents and the loved ones of those players who will compete."

Jack Harbaugh said he'll be watching the championship games on Sunday at home with his wife Jackie in Mequon, Wisc.

"We have some very understanding neighbors who understand that the noise and the pounding and the screaming and the yelling is just supporting John and Jim on Sunday," he said.

As far as which parent gets more excited, Harbaugh said that one is easy.

"That's Jackie," he said. "She's the passionate one. She's the emotional one.

"Those six hours hours that the games are being played, she's spending as much energy as any of the coaches on either team or any of the players on either team."

The Harbaughs got a taste of the commotion surrounding a game between the brothers on Thanksgiving, and the patriarch said that angle received too much attention.

But he remembered receiving a call from Archie Manning -- whose sons Peyton and Eli have faced each other on the field -- putting the hype in perspective.

"I got a phone call on Tuesday from Archie Manning," Harbaugh said. "He just called to talk, and the advice he gave us is 'It will end. It will pass.'

"He had been through that experience a couple of times. I'm still living on that advice and knowing whatever this next week or two weeks holds, it will pass and hopefully we'll have a positive result."