Super Bowl 2013 Predictions: Knee-Jerk Projection for Ravens vs. 49ers
It'll be brother vs. brother, as Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers will face John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.
Making it to back-to-back Conference Championships, San Francisco was able to advance to the big game on Sunday thanks to a rushing game that scored three touchdowns and gained 149 total yards.
The Ravens won on the right arm of Joe Flacco and solid defense against Tom Brady, as Flacco threw for 240 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions, while posting a 106.2 passer rating.
With both teams going on the road and winning in impressive fashion, combined with all of the hype sure to surround the "Harbowl," this sure makes for one compelling Super Bowl.
CBS Sports' Will Brinson gets us started with the question we'll most likely be hearing most in the next two weeks:
"How do you feel about being in the Super Bowl against your brother?" - question that will be asked 10,000,000 times— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) January 21, 2013
With so many story lines for Super Bowl XLVII, let's get into the game information and my prediction.
Where: Mercedez-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.
When: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Listen: SiriusXM NFL Radio Ch. 88
Both Harbaugh teams enter the Super Bowl playing their best football of the season, but I'm giving the edge to the 49ers.
San Francisco's offense is incredibly difficult to stop with Colin Kaepernick running the show.
Michael Crabtree has emerged as a lethal threat in the Niners' passing offense and Vernon Davis has finally awoken from his NFC Championship Game outburst against the New York Giants last season to help the 49ers clinch a Super Bowl berth.
Not only does the Ravens defense have to contend with Kaepernick and Gore on the ground, but LaMichael James has suddenly become a big part of San Francisco's offense.
On defense, the 49ers are the most physical team and will give Flacco fits with the likes of Aldon and Justin Smith.
With the Niners boasting one of the stingiest run defenses in the league, I like their chances of shutting down Ray Rice, forcing a couple of Flacco mistakes and winning Super Bowl XLVII.
Prediction: 49ers 28, Ravens 24
San Francisco rushes for nearly 200 yards of total offense and sees Kaepernick throw two touchdowns.
Flacco throws two touchdown passes and Rice rushes for one, but it's not enough to eclipse the 49ers.
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