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By Kevin Fishbain

For the first time in NFL history, two brothers took the field as opposing head coaches when John Harbaugh and the Ravens beat Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers, 16-6, on Thanksgiving night.

While the "Harbaugh Bowl" was a first, the NFL has seen plenty of siblings play with and against each other.

Here are the sets of brothers on active NFL rosters (listed alphabetically):

1. Hamza and Husain Abdullah — Older brother Hamza, now with the Cardinals, has been a special-teams ace, playing sparingly on defense. Husain has started 24 games at safety for the Vikings the past two seasons and has four career interceptions.

2. Jordan and Jonathan Babineaux — DB Jordan has been in the NFL one season longer than DT Jonathan. The pair played each other for the fourth time on Sunday, with Jonathan improving to 3-1 vs. his brother after the Falcons' win over the Titans.

3. Marion and Dominique Barber — Marion, in his first season with the Bears after six with the Cowboys, has 58 career touchdowns. Dominique, a safety for the Texans, is on injured reserve.

4. Dustin and Britton Colquitt — The sons of former NFL P Craig Colquitt are having terrific seasons, with each ranking among the NFL's top 10 punters in net average. Britton, of the Broncos, has a 2-1 head-to-head advantage over Dustin, of the Chiefs.

5. Vernon and Vontae Davis — This might be the most athletic set of brothers on the list, although both Vernon, a 49ers tight end, and Vontae, a Dolphins cornerback, have seen dips in their production this season. The two have yet to play each other in the NFL.

6. Chris and Rob Gronkowski — Dan Gronkowski spent some time with Rob and the Patriots this season, but he is currently not on a roster. Rob, a tight end, is the most accomplished of this athletic family. He will face FB Chris' Colts in Week 13.

7. E.J. and Erin Henderson — Even though both played at the University of Maryland, it wasn't until 2011 that the Hendersons started alongside each other at linebacker. E.J. has been a key on the Minnesota defense for much of the past decade, and Erin is making an impact in his first season as a starter.

8. John and Peria Jerry — The Jerry brothers, who both went to Ole Miss, play on opposite sides in the trenches. John is a reserve offensive lineman for the Dolphins, and Peria has started a career-high four games at defensive tackle for Atlanta.

9. Dawan and LaRon Landry — Here are two of the hardest-hitting safeties in the NFL. Dawan was one of the tougher Ravens defenders for five seasons before signing with the Jaguars. LaRon has been known to lay out opposing players, too.

10. Eli and Peyton Manning — Although a neck injury has kept him on the sideline this season, Peyton might go down as the greatest QB of his generation. Meanwhile, Eli has had an impressive career of his own. Both players were the top pick in the draft and have won Super Bowl MVP awards. Peyton is 2-0 lifetime against his younger brother.

11. Clay and Casey Matthews — These brothers come from one of the more famous NFL families. Casey is a rookie linebacker with the Eagles. Clay is an outside linebacker for the Super Bowl champion Packers and was the PFW/PFWA Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.

12. Devin and Jason McCourty — Two of the NFL's top young cornerbacks, the McCourty twins even share a Twitter handle (@McCourtyTwins). Jason left Rutgers a year early for the NFL's Titans in 2009. Devin had a stellar rookie season with the Patriots in '10. The two will play each other next season when the Pats travel to Nashville.

13. Paul and Pat McQuistan — The journeyman brothers have played tackle for a combined seven teams in seven NFL seasons. Paul is starting in Seattle now because of injuries, and Pat, who started eight games in Miami last season, is a reserve with New Orleans.

14. Maurkice and Mike Pouncey — The twins from the University of Florida have shown great maturity with impressive play at the center position. Mike, of the Dolphins, has had to live up to the great rookie year that Maurkice had last season with the AFC champion Steelers, and he has fared well.

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