Super Bowl XLVII has been billed as the “HarBowl” and Ray Lewis’s Last Stand, among other names, but those storylines could take a backseat if there are impressive showings or ugly performances on the field.
Especially if these players or teams do something that is record-worthy.
Scouring through the Super Bowl record books, many of the championship records are more a result of folly than fantasy. Most notably, New England ran for seven total yards against the ’85 Bears, while Buffalo had nine turnovers against the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVII.
With offenses exploding into a new paradigm and some records ripe for the taking, the Ravens and 49ers will stake their claims into the Super Bowl record books.
Which records? I’m glad you asked.
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Most Rushing Yards by Quarterback: 64 yards by Steve McNair, Super Bowl XXXIV
There haven’t been many dual-threat quarterbacks in the Super Bowl, which is probably why the current record is so unimpressive. Kaepernick has run for over 64 yards in three of 10 games this season (since coming in for Alex Smith) and ran for a quarterback-record (in any game) 181 rushing yards in the Divisional Round against the Packers.
The Ravens have dealt with only pocket passers during this playoff run, so Kaepernick could certainly catch their defense by surprise with the read-option attack. If he can get a few significant gains early on, the Niners QB will already have the record in hand.
With one short burst and a long run, Kaepernick will easily pass Air McNair. If there’s any doubt, just watch the Green Bay Packers film.
Net Yards Gained by Both Teams (Rushing and Passing): 929 yards by Washington and Denver, Super Bowl XXII
Both San Francisco and Baltimore combined for 900 total yards per game during the season. If both go above their averages, Super Bowl viewers will see a record and potentially the first 1,000-yard game in championship history.
This record being broken is contingent upon this “Harbowl” not looking like the last one, a 16-6 snoozer, but both offenses have come into their own this postseason. Joe Flacco and Kaepernick accumulated over 800 yards combined in the postseason Divisional Round alone.
Throw in two rushing attacks that rank in the postseason’s top five, and this Super Bowl could break multiple yards records.
Longest Fumble Return: 64 Yards by Leon Lett, Cowboys, Super Bowl XXVII
This record may sound like a reach in theory, but Super Bowl records often come from the unlikeliest of matchups.
Both the Ravens and Niners sport hard-hitting defenses, especially in their back seven. Baltimore’s Bernard Pollard and San Francisco’s Dashon Goldson, in fact, may be the two most feared hitters in the NFL today.
As a result, there are bound to be some gruesome hits down the field and a few loose balls in play.
Armed with playmakers, both defenses can get turnovers and take them down the field for long gains. Baltimore is the likely suitor for the fumble record, as they converted three turnovers for touchdowns this season and have ball-hawking safety Ed Reed.
Hopefully, this fumble return won't be anything like Lett's and go down in Super Bowl infamy. We can only hope.
Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report.