The main focus of Super Bowl XLVII is the matchup between the brothers Harbaugh. The real matchup will come between Joe Flacco and the San Francisco defense.
Joe Flacco keeps finding ways to win games. His game in New Orleans will decide whether or not the Ravens will hoist the Lombardi trophy at the end of the game.
Flacco has been the savior for the Ravens in the postseason. He's thrown eight touchdowns in his three playoff games and has yet to throw an interception. Flacco has thrown for at least 240 yards in each game including his 331-yard game against the Broncos.
Baltimore will face the fourth-best passing defense in the entire NFL, but with Flacco's arm and the receiving core of the Ravens, they'll be ok.
Flacco has never been considered one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks, but that will all end in the Super Bowl.
Flacco's receivers are exactly what they need to beat the tough 49ers defense. The Ravens have a strong running attack in Ray Rice which will keep the 49ers honest. Once they set up the running game they'll be able to throw short and intermediate routes to the sure-handed Anquan Boldin, and will have open shots downfield to Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones.
The biggest thing going for Flacco is his receiving core. The Ravens have proven throughout the playoffs and the season that if they hit one or two huge plays downfield, they can come away with victories.
The Ravens have lived and died by Joe Flacco all season. In all but one of the Raven's losses Flacco threw for fewer than 250 yards. When Flacco plays well, the Ravens win.
The quarterback will be one of the most scrutinized positions at this year's Super Bowl, and Flacco will come out on top.
His counterpart Kaepernick doesn't have the arm to hang with Flacco, which will result in the Ravens winning the game, the Super Bowl and Flacco finally being recognized as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.