Both the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens are stacked with great talent, the two coaches happen to be brothers, Ray Lewis plans to retire after the season and more, which is why you’ll need to tune in to the big game to see it all play out.
Let’s take a look at where you can watch the contest, what time kickoff is, an updated injury report, some players to watch, a prediction on the final score and more in our 2013 Super Bowl preview.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans
When: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: CBSSports.com
Listen: Sirius XM Radio: 88, WBAL 1090 AM (Baltimore) or KNBR 680 AM (San Francisco)
Betting Line: 49ers -3.5, Over/Under 47.5
Injury Report (via ESPN)
LB Dannell Ellerbe, PRB, Ankle
TE Dennis Pitta, PRB, Thigh
DT Justin Smith, PRB, Triceps
Key Storyline: Harbaugh Bowl
As you’ve likely heard thousands of times by now, John and Jim Harbaugh are brothers who happen to be the head coaches involved in this contest.
It’s an absolutely incredible story, especially for their father, Jack, who raised two of the best coaches the NFL has to offer.
Whether you want to call this one the Harbaugh Bowl, the Bro Bowl, the HarBowl or even the Super Baugh, it’s going to be exciting to watch these siblings try to outwit one another in front of over 100 million viewers.
Ravens Player to Watch: Ray Lewis
While this was supposed to be Lewis’ last hurrah, it seems that controversy may follow the superstar linebacker into the bright lights of the Superdome.
According to David Epstein and George Dohrmann of Sports Illustrated, the 17-year veteran may have used banned substances to aid in his recovery from a tricep injury weeks ago. The plan was quite comprehensive. Take a look:
Ross prescribed a deluxe program, including holographic stickers on the right elbow; copious quantities of the powder additive; sleeping in front of a beam-ray light programmed with frequencies for tissue regeneration and pain relief; drinking negatively charged water; a 10-per-day regimen of the deer-antler pills that will "rebuild your brain via your small intestines" (and which Lewis said he hadn't been taking, then swallowed four during the conversation); and spritzes of deer-antler velvet extract (the Ultimate Spray) every two hours.
At media day, Lewis denied the reports and said he’s passed every possible test. It’s a shame that this could potentially hog the spotlight in what will be the future Hall of Famer’s final game.
49ers Player to Watch: Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick has only been in the NFL two years—he earned the Niners starting gig a few months ago—but he already has the attitude and experiences of a hardened vet.
The mobile signal-caller is going to be instrumental in any San Francisco win, as he is able to use his legs to augment his pinpoint accuracy and brazen decision making.
However, we must remember that Kap is just 25 years old and isn’t going to be perfect. In fact, a veteran defense like Baltimore’s may wind up feasting on this young man with so much pressure and expectations on his shoulders.
Prediction: Ravens 24, 49ers 21
This is going to be a low-scoring affair, as both defensive units are well disciplined and will not concede many yards to the above average, at best, offensive attacks they are facing.
We’re giving Baltimore the edge, as it possesses more veteran players and an added edge from emotional leader and star player Ray Lewis.
No one gave this team a chance back at the start of the postseason, but they have defied the odds and seemed destined to hoist the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 3.
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