With the Super Bowl XLVII matchup set between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, it's time to consider how each team will attack the other through the air.
The "walk-year" performance of Joe Flacco has been impressive. In waiting for the last year of his contract to expire before re-upping with the Purple and Black, Flacco has guaranteed himself a healthy payday. No quarterback has been more proficient with the deep ball in the last month of football than him, as proved by his receivers' production and offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell's play-calling.
But Flacco will have to rely on his teammates on Super Sunday, and we don't necessarily mean his wide receivers. Flacco will be facing the best front seven in the NFL, and he'll need a lot of help to keep that pass rush at bay.
San Francisco's "gamble" at quarterback paid off well for head coach Jim Harbaugh. But looking back, starting Colin Kaepernick over a recovered Alex Smith was the correct decision. The team has played well under his leadership, and his ability to escape the pocket—whether by choice or by circumstance—has given an already-dangerous football team an extra dimension.
But at the end of the day, Kaepernick will have to throw the ball, and he did plenty of that in the direction of tight end Vernon Davis in the NFC title game against Atlanta. Who will the Ravens use to match up with VD? And how can that player expect to fare on arguably the biggest stage in the world of sport?
Join me and my fellow NFL lead writer Aaron Nagler as we break down the passing-game matchups for Super Bowl XLVII. Check out our takes in the video above and leave yours in the comments below.
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