Super Bowl XLVII features some fantastic storylines. None is more impressive than what Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco have done this postseason.
Both Kaepernick and Flacco faced scrutiny this season, but they have risen to the occasion, leading their respective teams to the biggest stage in the NFL.
The two signal-callers also top the list for most likely candidates to secure the Super Bowl MVP award on Feb. 3. Quarterbacks have an edge in the process, and one of them will likely take home the award.
Still, there are several viable candidates to win the game’s MVP award, and we’ll take a look at the top-five contenders with the best odds to do so.
*Odds acquired from Bet365.com.
Colin Kaepernick (9/5)
Kaepernick is one of the best stories of the season. He stepped in for an injured Alex Smith and never relinquished the starting role, leading the 49ers all the way to Super Bowl XLVII and a shot at a sixth Lombardi Trophy.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that expecting a quarterback with so little experience to shine in the biggest game of his career is unwise, but Kaepernick has stepped up in every big game of the season. He defeated the New England Patriots toward the end of the regular season and led San Francisco past Green Bay and Atlanta in the playoffs.
Kaepernick has to prove he can do it one more time, but if he manages to lead San Francisco to a victory in two weeks, he’ll likely be the game’s MVP.
Joe Flacco (10/3)
Flacco may or may not be an elite quarterback, but he’s been in the discussion this year. After an incredible playoff run this season, he’ll certainly be in the discussion for the Super Bowl MVP award should the Ravens win.
The odds that a quarterback is named MVP are pretty good. With two good defenses squaring off on Feb. 3, it will likely be quality quarterback play that decides the outcome this year.
Flacco’s postseason performances have been terrific, especially his three-touchdown performance against New England on Sunday. He’s the second-leading candidate to win MVP in a couple of weeks.
Frank Gore (9/2)
After a huge performance in the NFC Championship Game, Gore appears poised to carry San Francisco’s offense in the Super Bowl.
He went off for 90 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries last weekend, and his ability to run both between the tackles and off the edge makes him a versatile offensive weapon.
If Gore can continue to pick up chunks of yards and find the end zone, the 49ers stand a good chance of beating the Ravens, and Gore stands an excellent chance of being named MVP.
Ray Lewis (5/1)
This season will be Lewis’ last in the NFL, but he is still playing at a very high level.
Lewis has been the heart and soul of Baltimore’s defense for 17 years, and he’ll have one more chance to put on a helmet and strike fear into his opponents when Baltimore faces San Francisco.
While defensive players typically win MVP awards for big plays that change the outcome of the game, Lewis’ career merits special consideration this year. If Baltimore can stave off San Francisco for the title, Lewis should garner some consideration for MVP due to his leadership ability alone.
Lewis’ surprisingly high odds of winning the MVP are probably also a result of his stellar performance in the playoffs thus far. He has recorded 44 tackles in the Ravens’ three playoff games this season.
Ray Rice (9/1)
Rice is finally getting consistent touches with Jim Caldwell at the helm of Baltimore’s offense.
Last week against New England, Rice tallied just 48 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, but he set the tone for the Ravens' offense. When Rice gets touches, Baltimore keeps opposing defenses off balance.
Rice is Baltimore’s best offensive weapon, and he’ll be featured often against a 49ers defense that loves to get upfield pressure from the edges. Rice is especially valuable as a safety valve for Joe Flacco, and he’ll see plenty of work catching passes out of the backfield.
It will take a monster game for Rice to win the MVP award, but he’s certainly capable of a big performance.