SAN FRANCISCO -- Let the record show: At 4:30 p.m. local time, Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz departed the locker room and walked onto the field at Candlestick Park. Schwartz shook hands with someone standing on the Lions sideline. Then he turned, pointed at San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
The two jogged to the 30-yard line, shook hands, exchanged pleasantries for a moment and then went to join their teams. Many of the few thousand fans who are already in their seats here noticed and cheered.
And, as far as I can tell, ALL IS WELL!
As you know, last year's postgame tussle between the two men has been part of the storyline leading up to this game. I'm sure they both knew all eyes would be on them during pregame, so it made sense to go ahead and demonstrate they have both moved long past their incident.
As we discussed earlier this week, Sunday night is an opportunity for Schwartz to follow through on his longtime pledge to lower his sideline blood pressure.