Yesterday, the 49ers won for the fifth time in just six games, dethroning the unbeaten Lions in comeback fashion.
Yesterday, Aaron Rodgers became the first quarterback ever to have a passer rating of 110-plus in each of the season’s first six games.
Yesterday, Tom Brady led an artful two-minute drill to beat America’s Team while reminding us why he might be the greatest quarterback of his generation.
Yesterday, little-known safety Kurt Coleman — benched just three weeks ago — had three interceptions to pretty much single-handedly save the Dream Team’s season from becoming a nightmare.
And yesterday, Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz had a heated altercation in the moments after their teams did battle at Ford Field.
Somewhat sadly, the fifth storyline has gotten more publicity than the first four combined. But it looks as though we can finally close the books on Harbaugh vs. Schwartz. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello announced via Twitter this evening that neither Harbaugh nor Schwartz will be disciplined for their rather juvenile actions.
“Fortunately,” wrote Aiello, “there was no fighting and thus no basis for a fine.” He added that both coaches admitted their conduct was wrong and vowed that it “will not happen again.”
Now we can once again shift the focus back to football. But as long as networks continue to fill dark time slots with zany lists counting down the most outrageous and memorable moments in sports, we’ll never forget Harbaugh-Schwartz, 2011.