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Super Bowl XLVII Preview
by Pietro DiSante Jr,posted Jan 31 2013 12:56PM
The big game has finally arrived..... SUPER BOWL XLVII! The Baltimore Ravens meet the San Francisco 49ers in a truly great match-up. The Ravens were able to defeat Peyton Manning in Denver and then Tom Brady in New England to make it to the game. The 49ers knocked off defending NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, then the #1 seed Falcons in Atlanta, so both team's journeys to the Super Bowl were impressive. There are many story lines involved in the game too: Ray Lewis retiring, Jim Harbaugh facing John Harbaugh, Randy Moss, San Francisco trying to stay undefeated in Super Bowls, Joe Flacco's contract, it never ends!
One of the things I love the most about this game is how even the two teams are. It really is a toss-up game for me. The 49ers are (-3.5) favorites and that makes sense to me, as they are younger, faster, and stronger, but the Ravens have the experience that can get them over the top. Who has the better offense? Again, too even for me to really give an edge. Defense? Yep, too close to call for me. Maybe you give a slight edge to the 49ers on a normal day, but on Ray Lewis' last game of his career? I just cannot do that. Special teams edge goes to the Ravens as they have better kick returners and a better kicker.
What about the Quarterbacks? Joe Flacco vs. Colin Kaepernick. This really is so even, I am not sure which QB is better. Flacco obviously has more experience and has been on fire in the playoffs, but Kaep has been borderline unstoppable. Running Backs: Ray Rice or Frank Gore? I will take Rice, but they are also pretty much even. Wide Receivers are close too, but I will give a slight edge to the Ravens. Finally, which coach is better? Baltimore's John Harbaugh or San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh? I think getting your team to a Super Bowl in only 2 years on the job gives Jim the edge, but what about in one game? They met last season and the Ravens won. Man. Such a tough pick, folks!
The game will be a defensive battle, but points will be scored. A score like 10-7 or 34-31 would not surprise me, but I would guess somewhere in the middle. I will say that the Super Bowl comes down to a key turnover made by a skill position player on the 49ers and that the Ravens pull off the victory: 20-17.
By far, this is the least confident prediction I have made all season and I LOVE IT! Can't wait for the game!
Post your predictions in the comments box. Thanks for reading my NFL blog all season too. I will post an After Season Blog next week. Enjoy the game!