One of the many things Baltimore and San Francisco have in common entering Super Bowl XXLII today is terrific coaching.

John and Jim Harbaugh may be brothers, but both have done outstanding jobs of overcoming obstacles this season and leading their teams to the title game.

At their lowest point of the season, the Ravens lost to the Texans 43-13. From the ashes of that embarrassing defeat at Reliant Stadium rose the AFC champions.

The Texans never were able to duplicate that magnificent performance against the Ravens, but the victory kick-started a six-game winning streak.

'Very close'

When the Texans lost four of their last six games, including 41-28 defeat at New England in the divisional round, much of the criticism was directed at coach Gary Kubiak and quarterback Matt Schaub.

"I remember when they (fans and media) were down on Kubiak, and they made the right decision to sign him to a new deal because they've had nothing but success," said Steve Mariucci, a studio analyst for the NFL Network and former head coach at San Francisco and Detroit.