Thanks to a near-perfect day from Colin Kaepernick, two costly turnovers from Joe Flacco and an interesting late-game decision, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 31-17 in the Tecmo Bowl version of Super Bowl XLVII.
The simulation straight out of the late 1980s and early 1990s had Kaepernick outdueling Flacco on the biggest stage.
Kaepernick completed 88 percent of his passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns, plus one rushing score that all but finished off Baltimore late in the fourth quarter. If Tecmo Bowl had picked an MVP, Kaepernick would have been the easy choice.
Flacco, on the other hand, was intercepted twice by 49ers safety Donte Whitner—both costly decisions that led to 49ers points and helped San Francisco escape with the win. The Ravens quarterback, who enters the Super Bowl on a historically significant postseason run, finished with just 164 yards, one touchdown and two turnovers.
Also, Baltimore decided to try a long field goal late in the game with no timeouts and down seven points. The try missed, and San Francisco took over and punched in a final score to put away the Ravens.
Of course, this is just a silly simulation on a video game that was released before the founding of the Ravens franchise. But it may be a nice changeup from the hundreds and hundreds of predictions you'll either read or hear over the next 10 or so days.
Chalk up the 49ers as Tecmo Bowl's pick for Super Bowl XLVII.