Ravens coach John Harbaugh spoke to his brother, Jim, immediately after Super Bowl XLVII ended. Since then, John Harbaugh has had more conversations with David Letterman.
Appearing Thursday on Letterman’s CBS late-night show, John Harbaugh talked about his post-game chat with Jim.
“I told him I loved him, good game, and he said, ‘Congratulations, I’m proud of you,’” John Harbaugh said.
“Have you spoken to him since?” Letterman asked.
“I have not,” John Harbaugh said, to laughter from the studio audience. “We will. Soon.”
John Harbaugh generated other laughter during the two-segment visit. Asked about video showing him berating a league official during the 34-minute power outage, John Harbaugh said, “There was a concern about restaurants after the game. New Orlean’s got a lot of great restaurants, Dave. We weren’t sure where to go.”
John Harbaugh also joked that he was arguing that the game should have been called at that point, with Baltimore leading 28-6. “It’s like baseball,” he said. “You get your four-and-a-half innings in. It’s done.”
Harbaugh explained that the anger he flashed during the blackout likely came from a concern that Jim and the 49ers eventually would make a game out of it, despite the 22-point deficit.
“That was not surprising,” John Harbaugh said. “The longer I stood over there, knowing Jim, knowing the kind of competitor he is. The type of team they had, you could just feel like they were gonna make a comeback. And you just knew it was gonna be tough. That’s the way it was our whole life growing up.”
And that’s the way it’ll be going forward, especially since Jim likely will never get past the fact that a flag wasn’t thrown on Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith on that fourth-and-goal play from the five.