With just under two minutes remaining in yesterday's contest, quarterback Alex Smith hit Delanie Walker on fourth down from six yards out for what would be the winning score, as the San Francisco 49ers (5-1) held on to defeat the previously unbeaten Detroit Lions (5-1) by a final of 25-19.
The real drama didn't unfolded though until after the game, when Jim Harbaugh's exuberant celebration and black-slap of Jim Schwartz nearly set off a brawl between the two coaches.
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Players and coaches from both sides quickly jumped in and separated the two.
"Ironically, I was playing peacemaker," Detroit defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch said. "Obviously this is an emotional sport."
Afterwards, Harbaugh took the blame in one breath, and a semi-shot in the next. "That was totally on me," he said. "I guess I shook his hand too hard."
Of course, Schwartz had a completely different take on the matter. "I went to congratulate coach Harbaugh and got shoved out of the way," he said. "I didn't expect an obscenity at that point. Obviously, when you win a game like that, you are excited, but there is a protocol that goes with this league."
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the incident will be reviewed.