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San Francisco Opens Up as 4.5-Point Super Bowl Favorites and More NFC West News

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 20:  Colin Kaepernick #7 and Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers answer questions in the post game news conference after the 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterJanuary 21, 2013

For the first time in 10 years, this year's Super Bowl won't feature the likes of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger. It will feature two younger quarterbacks who are still trying to make a name for themselves. 

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is trying to prove that he does belong in that "elite" category, and Colin Kaepernick is trying to prove that Jim Harbaugh did indeed make the right decision by permanently inserting him into the starting lineup in Week 12.

The Las Vegas sports books made their voice heard loud and clear by promoting Kaepernick and Co. As of this morning, they were 4.5-point favorites over the Baltimore Ravens. San Francisco will be the home team on Feb. 3 in New Orleans and by the sounds of it, they will be donning their red uniforms.

Baltimore will be draped in white as the visitors. Not that any of the home-away stuff really matters considering the game is being played at a neutral site. The only effect that it will really have is on the coin toss. As the visitor, the Ravens will have the opportunity to call heads or tails. 

It's also worth mentioning that the head official for Super Bowl XLVII will be Jerome Boger and crew. Football Zebras does a great job of breaking down Boger by analyzing the number of playoff games he has officiated and the years of service he has.

According to them, he does not qualify based on the number of playoff games he has officiated. Let's just hope that he and his crew don't affect the biggest game of the season by blowing calls that could affect the outcome.



Dan Hanzus of reports on Todd Bowles agreeing to become the defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals.

Shaun Church of Bleacher Report examines the most cost-effective moves the Cardinals can make this offseason.

San Francisco

Jen Engel of says Jim Harbaugh's method paid off in a huge way.

Tim Daniels of Bleacher Report tells us why Randy Moss will be the X-factor in the Super Bowl.


ESPN breaks down the deal for newly appointed defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. It's reportedly a three-year, $5.7 million deal.

Dean Siemon of Bleacher Report takes a close look at Seattle and gives us reasons as to why they will be contenders again next year.


St. Louis

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on general manager Les Snead and where he is at now compared to where he was at last year.

Steven Gerwel of Bleacher Report examines the most cost-effective moves the Rams can make in the 2013 offseason.

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