49ers, Lions prepare for handshake gate rematch

Maybe they can shake hands and put the issue behind them for good.

All eyes will certainly be on Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh when they meet up in Week 2 in a rematch of the 49ers’ 25-19 victory over the Lions at Ford Field last season. Following the Week 6 game, Harbaugh aggressively shook Schwartz’s hand as he ran off the field, sparking a controversy and raising the ire of Schwartz.

I've seen him a bunch of times since,” Schwartz said Monday, according to the Lions’ official Web site. “There's a bunch of NFL things that go on after the season.”

How did those meetings go?

“Without incident,” Schwartz joked.

“I’m not going to go into what we talked about,” Schwartz added. “We’re making too big a deal of it already.”

Harbaugh was even more dismissive when it came to the big handshake.

“As a rule of thumb, I have too much respect for the men who play this game - on both side sides - to give it any (credence),” he told Bay Area media today. “Our approach with the mini-controversies is to give them the attention that they deserve, which isn't much. It's completely irrelevant.”

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