At the traditional midfield meeting, the winning coach lightheartedly admitted to Letterman that he told his steamed brother —who was on the short end of the 34-31 loss — "I love you."
Jim Harbaugh's last words to his victorious bro were,"Congratulations."
John joked that they haven't said a word since.
Harbaugh's chat with the late night host went along these lines:
Letterman: “Have you spoken to him since?”
Harbaugh: “I have not. We have not had a conversation since. We will – soon.”
Letterman: “Did you ever get a sense growing up that there was favoritism from one to the other? Were you the favorite? Was Jim the favorite?”
Harbaugh: “I felt like Jim was the favorite pretty much our whole [life] – I did, I did. Jim felt like he was the favorite, but the truth, Joani, our sister, she was truly the favorite. She was the little baby girl.”
Letterman: “Joani…now where does she coach?”
Letterman: “When will you talk to your brother?”
Harbaugh: “I’m hoping, you know, sometime soon. We actually, we have meetings coming up, we have a combine in two weeks."
Letterman: “Is there animosity?”
Harbaugh: “No, no. You know what there is?”
Letterman: “Is he feeling bad? Do you need to reach out to him?”
Harbaugh: “He’s playing golf today. He’s playing golf, yeah. No, there’s no consolation. There’s no way that you console your brother. Anybody that has a brother knows that. You don’t console your brother. It doesn’t work.”
Letterman: “Not having a brother, I have two sisters and it’s unlikely that any of us would have coached a Super Bowl game, so I don’t know what this is. I don’t know what this is. Do you wake up thinking, ‘Oh, thank God I beat him,’ or, ‘Oh, I won, but, oh, too bad.’ I just don’t know what that is.”
Harbaugh: “You know, you do wake up thinking, ‘Thank God I beat him.’ You do, yes. It would have been a long life, you know?”
The NFL Scouting Combines are in two weeks and John was optimistic the two brothers would have to run into each other then.