The AFC champion Baltimore Ravens and NFC champion San Francisco 49ers are set to make history on Sunday evening in the Big Easy as the two Super Bowl unbeatens meet for all the marbles in Super Bowl XLVII.
The two franchises are a combined 6-0 in Super Bowls (via ESPN Stats & Info):
But only one team can remain perfect on the NFL's championship stage.
Here we get you set with everything you need to know to catch every play on Super Bowl Sunday.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
When: Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Streaming: CBSSports.com
Breakout Performers to Watch
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore has had a terrific postseason on the ground, averaging over 104 rushing yards per game in these playoffs. Gore has also scored three rushing touchdowns for San Francisco in its last two wins over Green Bay and Atlanta.
Look for Gore to shine once again on Super Sunday, as he'll be facing a favorable matchup in the Baltimore Ravens.
Baltimore is giving up 128 rushing yards on 33 attempts per game this postseason, and proved vulnerable in that area during the regular season, ranking 20th in the league against the run. Ray Lewis' return to the middle of the Ravens' defense has certainly helped out, but nonetheless, Baltimore will be susceptible to Gore's gashing runs this weekend.
I could argue that Baltimore Ravens signal-caller Joe Flacco should have been playing in this game a year ago, had Lee Evans not dropped a perfectly thrown pass in the end zone in Foxborough last year.
With that in mind, fans should be watching for Flacco to seize the moment on Sunday.
After all, Flacco's 2013 postseason numbers have been off the charts. He's outplayed Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in these playoffs. He's even been better than Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan.
Flacco leads all playoff passers in yards (853) and touchdowns (eight) in 2013. Plus, he's the only playoff quarterback who has yet to throw a single interception. No, Flacco doesn't possess the speed that San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick does, but he doesn't need to run when he can light up defenses from the pocket.
To say that Super Bowl XLVII is a difficult matchup to predict would be a colossal understatement. Both the Ravens and the 49ers are stout on each side of the football, plus the big-game pressure should impact each team equally.
That's why I'm taking looking to past seasons to make my pick this weekend. The Ravens are 3-1 all-time against the 49ers, and have beaten them in three straight matchups dating back to 2003. Baltimore shut down San Francisco in the two teams' most recent meeting, winning 16-6 on Thanksgiving night in 2011.
This stat from ESPN Stats & Info also suggests that Sunday's championship showdown will likely wind up a low-scoring one:
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
The last 2 Ravens-49ers games have featured a total of 2 TD.2013-1-29 15:45:23
Given what we know about these two teams, I'm riding with the Ravens on Sunday. I like Baltimore to win a close games, one a bit more high-scoring then past Ravens-49ers clashes.
Ravens 23, 49ers 17
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