Super Bowl 2013: Updated Spread Information and Prediction for Ravens vs. 49ers
As two of the NFL's best defenses get ready to square off in Super Bowl XLVII, the offenses of these two teams are sure to get buried under the multitude of story lines that headline this matchup.
Whether it's the premier matchup between two head coaching brothersor the realization that 13-time Pro Bowler Ray Lewis will play the last game of his iconic career, there's a lot to get lost in as this primetime matchup gets closer.
I'm not about to let that happen.
Below you'll find complete game and viewing information as well as the betting information for Super Bowl XLVII.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.
When: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Listen: SiriusXM NFL Radio Ch. 88
Spread: 49ers (-4) via Bet Online
Four points is a fair assessment of this matchup, but I wouldn't be surprised to see that number deflate as the road to Super Bowl XLVII becomes shorter.
Everyone knows what San Francisco's defense is capable of, but it's the offense that has been making the headlines this postseason, led by dynamic quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Who ya got?
Baltimore's defense has really amped it up since seeing Ray Lewis return to the field (44 tackles in three postseason games this year), but I still like the 49ers to cover the points.
Aside from Robert Griffin III—who didn't even finish the game when the Washington Redskins played Baltimore—the Ravens haven't faced a dual-threat QB like Kaepernick, who is playing his best football of the season at the right time.
With a multitude of weapons on offense and a stingy defense to stick Anquan Boldin and stuff Ray Rice, I'm rolling with San Francisco to cover the spread.
Over/Under: 47.5 (Bet Online)
It may seem like a lot of points for two teams with great defenses, but the scoring in the playoffs this season has been remarkable.
Are you taking the over or under?
For a defense as good as San Francisco's, its allowed an average of 27.5 PPG during the playoffs.
With both of these offenses averaging at least 30 PPG this postseason, I have to go with the over in this one.
The 49ers offense looks seemingly unstoppable, while Flacco has his Ravens offense firing on all cylinders with Boldin leading all playoff receivers in receiving yards and touchdowns.
We're usually raving about the defense of these two squads, but it'll be the offense everyone is talking about following the big game.
Prediction: 49ers 30, Ravens 24
I had originally predicted a 49ers 28-24 win before the betting line came out, but I hate to see a push in arguably the biggest game in all of sports.
That said, I like San Francisco to cover the spread and hoist the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 3 in the Superdome.
I think Colin Kaepernick continues the magic and utilizes the running game with the likes of Frank Gore and LaMichael James to the best of his ability, culminating in a 49ers victory.
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