After four quarters of back-and-forth action featuring a half dozen lead changes on Sunday, tensions between the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions continued to climb even after the final whistle. In the aftermath of San Francisco's comeback win over Detroit, things finally boiled over... but not between the players.
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh seems to have let his emotions get the best of him as he celebrated his team's big win on the field, showing up Lions coach Jim Schwartz with an overly enthusiastic postgame handshake.
Schwartz didn't take it very well. He appeared to say something to that effect while the two were meeting on the field, but Harbaugh kept running toward the locker room. That's when Schwartz chased Harbaugh down and started yelling at him. Harbaugh looked as if he said "get out of my face" as Schwartz had to be separated by several staff members. Soon enough the players were taking cues from the emotions of their coaches and another scuffle ensued.
Shortly after the incident, Harbaugh accepted the blame.
"I was really revved up. That wasn't me, just shook his hand too hard," the 49ers coach said, per NFL Network's Albert Breer. "That's on me. Handshake was too hard."
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told ProFootballTalk that the league is reviewing the incident.
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