John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin set to make history on Sunday

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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said this week that he expects a “rough and tumble” game against the Ravens on Sunday because the two teams have a long history of games that have gone that way.

The last 24 of those regular season games have been coached by Tomlin and John Harbaugh, which has set the stage for the two coaches to make some history this Sunday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, via Jamison Hensley of, Harbaugh and Tomlin will be the first coaches in the modern era to match up against each other 25 times in the regular season.

Tomlin also faced off with Marvin Lewis 24 times when Lewis was the head coach of the Bengals. Sid Gillman and Hank Stram also reached that mark.

“I think in moments like this or in the offseason and things of that nature, you get an opportunity, maybe, to appreciate it,” Tomlin said of his history with Harbaugh. “But I think much like him, in the moment, they’re nameless, gray faces on the other sideline, man. You’re just so caught up in the strategy or the decisions that need to be made. When you’re playing good people, it’s paramount that you play [well].”

Harbaugh and the Ravens have a 13-11 edge in the regular season while Tomlin’s Steelers have won two of the three postseason games between the coaches.

6 responses to “John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin set to make history on Sunday

  1. This game has been the best rivalry in football over the past decade or two. As a Steelers fan I have flashes of so many great games and memorable moments when I think of this matchup. Always the most physical game of the year. Big Ben having his nose broken and pointing straight to the side but finishing the game and pulling out the W is the epitome of this. I’ve always been amazed at the coinciding brutality and mutual respect between these two teams.

  2. all the systemic advantages of the Ravens … the extra week to prepare, the addition of the new D end … that will come back to haunt them in this one game … the steelers are amped over this game and are using this stuff as motivational fodder.

  3. Two great coaches with similar teams and philosophies. Hard nosed, in your face football. Love it.

  4. There’s a reason for this. Love or hate them, they are two of the best there currently are in the business and definitely two of the best in the 21st century. Dunno why this game wasn’t given the 4pm treatment.

  5. These games are always great. I’m worried about my Ravens this week. They haven’t hit their stride yet and the Steelers are looking really good.

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