Super Bowl 2013: Offensive Trends to Watch in New Orleans

Mathias Ask@@MathiasAskCorrespondent IIJanuary 22, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 20:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates on the field after the 49ers won 28-24 against the Atlanta Falcons 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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In less than two weeks, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will be facing off in Super Bowl XLVII.

Both teams altered their offensive strategies significantly during the season and became championship contenders as a result. 

Here are the two most important offensive trends to watch out for on February 3.   

San Francisco 49ers: Pistol formation

The phrase "zone read" has been on everyone’s lips since Colin Kaepernick scored a 56-yard touchdown against Green Bay Packers like it was the simplest thing in the world.

But it is not only the Packers who have looked befuddled against the 49ers so far.

The pistol formation allows the 49ers to diversify their offense and makes it very hard to defend against them. While Kaepernick rushed for a record-breaking 181 yards against the Packers, he only needed to rush for 21 yards against the Falcons because he could hand the ball off to Frank Gore.

Baltimore gave up more than 400 total yards against both New England and Denver, so expect San Francisco to use lots of play-action to get the ball down the field.

Against the Falcons, Kaepernick finished 16-for-21 passing for 233 yards and a touchdown.

He has a strong receiving corps at his disposal consisting of Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis and Randy Moss. These players are more than capable of getting open for big plays if they have to.

Baltimore Ravens: No-huddle offense

The 49ers are not the only ones who have used mobility to make their way to New Orleans.

Ever since Cam Cameron was fired as offensive coordinator and Jim Caldwell was promoted, the offense has reached new heights.

Caldwell, who coached an up-tempo offense in Indianapolis, has taken Joe Flacco under his wing, and the Baltimore quarterback has been outstanding in the playoffs, throwing for eight touchdowns and zero interceptions this postseason.

This has only been accomplished by five other players, and they have all gone on to win the Super Bowl.

On the Dan Patrick Show, Flacco let it be known that the offense is more comfortable in the no-huddle and the San Francisco defense will have to be on their feet if they are to stop Flacco’s historic run.

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