NEW ORLEANS -- The first Super Bowl featuring brothers as head coaches offered a sentimental moment even before Sunday's kickoff.

Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers' coach, met briefly on the field during pregame warmups with his brother John, the Ravens' coach. Jim offered a handshake as they finished their chat. That wasn't enough for John, who shook his younger brother's hand and promptly pulled him in for a hug.

Shortly after his brotherly hug, Jim Harbaugh retreated to a corner of the 49ers-painted end zone and posed for pictures with his wife Sarah and their three young children. He also took a picture with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

The 49ers have no lineup changes and no surprises among the seven players they've picked to sit out Super Bowl XLVII.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh (R) shakes hands with his brother and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh before the NFL Super Bowl XLVII
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh (R) shakes hands with his brother and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh before the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes) (JEFF HAYNES)

That made for a more clear-cut pregame scene than the 49ers' visit to the Superdome Nov. 25, when it wasn't certain if Colin Kaepernick would start at quarterback ahead of Alex Smith, who'd just been medically cleared from a concussion. Kaepernick did make that start — his first away from Candlestick — and the 49ers defeated the New Orleans Saints 31-21.

The 49ers who won't suit up for the Super Bowl are quarterback Tolzien, running back Jewel Hampton, safety Trenton Robinson, linebacker Cam Johnson, defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie, guard Joe Looney and nosetackle Ian WIlliams.

Inactive for the Ravens are cornerback Asa Jackson, safety Omar Brown, cornerback Chris Johnson, linebacker Adrian Hamilton, guard/tackle Ramon Harewood, wide receiver Deonte Thompson and defensvie tackle Bryan Hall.


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