Fans and the media are always looking for storylines in the two weeks leading up to a Super Bowl, though that won't be a problem this year. Everything that you will hear about Ray Lewis, the Harbaugh brothers and the two quarterbacks is going to be enough to fill several books.
Who Will Win Super Bowl XLVII?
To get you ready for the Big Game in New Orleans, here is all the information that you need to know about the two teams and the television schedule to prepare yourself for all of the action.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
When: Sunday, Feb. 3
Watch: CBS; Live Stream available online at CBSSports.com and mobile device with NFL Mobile
|CBS SUPER BOWL SUNDAY SCHEDULE||START TIME|
|Road To The Super Bowl||11 a.m.|
|Wynton Marsalis Special||12 p.m.|
|Phil Simms All-Iron Team||1 p.m.|
|The Super Bowl Today Pre-Game Show||2 p.m.|
|Super Bowl Kickoff Show||6 p.m.|
|Super Bowl XLVII (Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers)||6:30 p.m.|
|Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show featuring Beyonce||8 p.m. (Approx,)|
|Super Bowl XLVII Trophy Presentation/Post-Game Show||10 p.m. (Approx.)|
All times listed in ET
How the Ravens Got Here
Despite losing four of their last five regular season games, the Ravens were able to lock up their second consecutive AFC North title. A 10-6 record after a 9-2 start left questions about where this team was heading into the postseason.
The Ravens used big plays in the Wild Card and Divisional Rounds against Indianapolis and Denver to make their second straight trip to New England for the AFC Championship Game.
Quarterback Joe Flacco has been masterful in the postseason, throwing eight touchdowns and no interceptions in three games.
After trailing 13-7 at halftime against New England, the Ravens came out in the second half and picked apart the Patriots on both sides of the ball. They outscored the Patriots 21-0, gained 246 yards and forced three turnovers to secure the franchise's second Super Bowl appearance.
How the 49ers Got Here
Jim Harbaugh led the 49ers to their second consecutive NFC West title with an 11-4-1 record in the regular season. The team clinched the division with a Week 17 victory over Arizona, securing a first-round bye thanks to Green Bay's loss at Minnesota.
In the postseason, quarterback Colin Kaepernick set an NFL record with 181 rushing yards against Green Bay in the Divisional Round. He also had four total touchdowns (two rushing, two passing).
The 49ers set a new franchise postseason record with 579 total yards against the Packers, en route to a 45-31 victory that secured the team's second straight trip to the NFC Championship Game.
Going on the road to Atlanta, the 49ers found themselves in a 17-0 hole one play into the second quarter. They used a strong rushing attack and methodical passing attack against the Falcons to battle back, claiming a 28-24 lead with 8:23 left in the fourth quarter and holding on at the end.
This is the sixth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history for the 49ers. They are 5-0 in their previous five trips.
All of the talk about the "Harbaugh Bowl" and "Ray Lewis' Last Stand" will take up the next two weeks of conversation, but when the game kicks off, you have two physical, intense teams on both sides of the ball that are going to throw everything they have at you.
The last time these two teams met was in Week 12 of the 2011 season, with the Ravens winning 16-6. That game holds no bearing on this game, mainly because the 49ers have switched from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick, which has completely changed the way this offense works.
Flacco and the big Ravens wide receivers and tight ends were able to have their way with New England in the second half of the AFC Championship. The 49ers had problems in coverage against Atlanta's big receivers Julio Jones, Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez.
Six weeks ago, the Ravens had problems containing Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins' pistol offense, similar to what the 49ers run.
Wherever you try to find an area where one team has the edge, you can come up with multiple scenarios where the gap narrows. It is going to be an exciting chess match between two of the best coaches and teams in the NFL.
49ers 24, Ravens 21