With more than a week to go before the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers get ready to butt helmets at the Superdome in New Orleans, I thought I'd try to forecast what kind of numbers the players would put up in Super Bowl XLVII.
In a game featuring two teams with a lot of similarities beyond the Harbaugh Brothers, we’re taking an educated guess, combined with these players’ 2012 track records, to predict what kind of statistics some of the more prominent players will finish with by Sunday evening, Feb. 3.
And just in case you thought we have ignored the special teams impact in this contest, look for Baltimore Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker to have more touchbacks (four) than field goals (one), struggling 49ers specialist David Akers to not miss a field goal (he won’t attempt one) and Ravens Pro Bowl return artist Jacoby Jones to make a splash on kickoffs but not on punt returns.
That should cover everything. And what makes these Super Bowls and any championship game in any sport so interesting is that sometimes the most unheralded of players step to the forefront at the most crucial of times.
By the way, to eliminate any confusion, the prediction here is 49ers 28, Ravens 26. How did we come up with that score? Start with the aforementioned Tucker field goal for Baltimore, and the rest of the answers are ahead.