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Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Jim Harbaugh, Jim Schwartz go at it: Coaches skirmish after 49ers beat Lions (video)


Jim Haubaugh (in dark cap at left) and Jim Schwartz (at right) are overly exuberant after the 49ers-Lions game. (Rick Osentoski / AP)
Moments after the San Francisco 49ers handed the Detroit Lions their first loss of the season, rookie Coach Jim Harbaugh and Lions Coach Jim Schwartz met at midfield for the traditional coaches’ handshake and ...


(Rick Osentoski / AP)
a Jimbrawl nearly broke out.

Harbaugh pumped Schwartz’s hand a tad too vigorously (if Schwartz needs Tommy John surgery, the ligament is coming from you, Harbaugh) and slapped him, again over-vigorously, on the back. Schwartz, angered, pursued Harbaugh and the two were prevented from mixing it up. Which would have been epic. Alas, some things are too epic to exist.

(Video after the jump.)

“I went to congratulate Coach Harbaugh [after San Francisco’s 25-19 win] and got shoved out of the way,” Schwartz said. “I didn’t expect an obscenity at that point, so it was a surprise to me at the end of the game.

“Obviously when you win a game like that, you’re excited and things like that, but I think there’s a protocol that goes with this league.”

Imagine Lombardi and Landry doing this. It takes the midfield handshake snub pioneered by Bill Belichick to a new level.

“I was really revved up,” Harbaugh said (via the NFL Network’s Albert Breer). “That wasn’t me, just shook his hand too hard. ... That’s on me. Handshake was too hard.”

Was it? Is Schwartz making too big a deal out of this or is he justified in being angry with Harbaugh?

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