This week's San Francisco 49ers-Detroit Lions matchup at Candlestick Park should be a pretty physical battle of teams with physical defenses and the tag of "up and coming" as far as perennial playoff participants, after both got to the postseason in 2011.
It's also the first meeting between fiery coaches Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers and Jim Schwartz of the Lions. Schwartz confronted Harbaugh angrily after what he took to be a hard slap in the back when the two coaches met at midfield at the conclusion of the 49ers' 25-19 win at Ford Field last October.
Both coaches had to be separated by players and team personnel. It had the potential to get ugly, but it didn't. And this week, Harbaugh doesn't want to hear about it, nor does he even want to re-hash it. Harbaugh stopped reporters from going there pretty quickly when the subject of the "handshake' came up.
Chances are this won't be media fodder for both teams after Monday.