Ravens vs. 49ers Predictions: Niners' Offense Will Be Reason for Super Bowl Win

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12:  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with wide receiver Michael Crabtree #15 after running the ball for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers have been largely recognized for their defense the past few seasons, but it's the Niners' offense that will lead San Francisco to Super Bowl XLVII glory this weekend.

Led by the most dynamic quarterback in the NFL, the 49ers offense has been at its best with Colin Kaepernick running the read-option offense.

This offensive scheme has been extremely effective for Kaepernick and the Niners, especially during the postseason, where the 49ers have averaged 8.4 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns (h/t ESPN Stats & Info).

Frank Gore has been outstanding as usual, averaging more than 100 YPG and scoring three touchdowns during the playoffs and has been a key component of this read-option offense.

But it's not just the running game the Baltimore Ravens need to stop.

I recently detailed how effective San Francisco's running game is, but the threat of the passing game is what makes the read-option so dangerous.

Kaepernick proved he could win a game by passing in the pocket, as he completed 16-of-21 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game.

Michael Crabtree emerged as the leading receiver for the 49ers this season, surpassing the 1,000-yard mark and leading the team with 85 receptions during the regular season.

Furthermore, Vernon Davis is the ultimate X-factor for the Niners offense, both in the passing game and run-blocking.

Oh yeah, and there's this guy Randy Moss you may have heard of as well.

With Baltimore's defense likely attempting to make Crabtree and Davis non-factors on Sunday, Moss could be in for his best performance as a 49er in the Super Bowl.

Now this is not to say San Francisco's defense isn't going to show up.

It ranked third in total defense during the regular season and features arguably the best front seven in the NFL, but San Francisco's offense is rolling in the playoffs, averaging a league-high 476 YPG and 36.5 PPG.

It'll be a collective effort on both sides of the football, but ultimately, Kaepernick and the 49ers offense will be the reason San Francisco hoists the Lombardi Trophy in the Superdome on Sunday.


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