Ravens vs. 49ers: Jim Will Get the Best of John in Harbaugh Bowl

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Ravens vs. 49ers: Jim Will Get the Best of John in Harbaugh Bowl
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We were close to seeing the Harbaugh Bowl in Super Bowl XLVI, but we'll get the ultimate sibling rivalry in Super Bowl XLVII. In this matchup, the younger Harbaugh will come out on top.

Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers have an offense that has so many facets, it is the premier attack in the NFL right now.

The defense showed its mettle in the second half of the NFC title game by shutting out the Atlanta Falcons, but it's the Colin Kaepernick-led unit that makes them my pick to win.

Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton have had success running the read-option over the last two seasons, but what Kaepernick is doing in San Francisco is an example of the offense being run to perfection on the NFL level.

He takes what the defense gives him, and he's smart when he runs.

John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens don't have the youth or mobility to contain all of the 49ers' weapons. 

Over the last two weeks, Kaepernick and the Niners have displayed the various ways their offense can befuddle defenses. Against the Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick launched a video-game like dual-threat attack.

He accounted for 444 total yards and four touchdowns in the 45-31 Niners win. That total included an amazing 181 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

The following week Kaepernick put together a poised, but equally as deadly, performance against the Atlanta Falcons to reach the Super Bowl.

The quarterback-keepers off the edge weren't the order of the day in this one.

He calmly completed 16-of-21 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown. He spread the ball around to five different receivers and got Vernon Davis involved in the offense again.

The Ravens deserve credit for making it this far against all odds, but this is a tough matchup for an aging defense. None of the Ravens' playoff opponents offered this type of dynamic on offense.

Ray Lewis has played a hand in inspiring this defense, and Joe Flacco has led a potent offense in the postseason, but the Niners are just too good and too balanced.

It's been a great season, but Jim will be the victorious Harbaugh in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

 

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