The seemingly endless wait to Super Bowl XLVII has made for plenty of entertaining storylines and media fodder. Just days away from the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers kicking off the last NFL game of the season, the vital information is known by this point.
For instance, everyone and their brother knows that the coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS. Everyone knows that if they turn on ESPN, NFL Network, or visit any sports-related website throughout the day that it will be all football, all the time.
However, there is some other information that you might not know or have heard about leading up to the Big Game. Here is all of the vital news and notes to get you ready for the Ravens vs. 49ers on Sunday.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
When: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: CBSSports.com; NFL Mobile (only for Verizon Wireless customers)
Super Bowl Injury Report (courtesy of USA Today)
|CB Asa Jackson||Probable (Thigh)|
|LB Jameel McClain||Out (Neck)|
|WR LaQuan Williams||Out (Ankle)|
|RB Bobby Rainey||Out (Knee)|
|CB Ladarius Webb||Out (Knee)|
|DB Emanuel Cook||Out (Leg)|
|DE Ryan McBean||Out (Ankle)|
|T Jah Reid||Out (Toe)|
San Francisco 49ers
|LB Ahmad Brooks||Probable (Shoulder)|
|DE Justin Smith||Probable (Triceps)|
|WR Kyle Williams||Out (Knee)|
|TE Demarcus Dobbs||Out (Knee)|
|WR Mario Manningham||Out (Knee)|
|RB Kendall Hunter||Out (Achilles)|
|LB Parys Haralson||Out (Undisclosed)|
What to expect from Super Bowl XLVII
Given the way the Ravens and 49ers play, this could be one of the most physical Super Bowls we have seen in a long time.
Everyone knows that the greatest strength for the 49ers is their ability to line up on offense or defense and smack you right in the mouth. The offensive line is as big and fast as any in the NFL. The defensive front seven is led by the best pair of linebackers in the NFL (Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman).
The Ravens have become a more offense-oriented team this season, but don't think they have lost their edge. The offensive line is playing as well as it has all year, with Michael Oher and Bryant McKinnie settling into their roles once the postseason started.
On the outside, the Ravens have physical wide receivers like Anquan Boldin who can go up and get the ball in traffic.
Expect a lot of hitting in this game. It is going to be fast and furious, with the team that lands the biggest haymaker coming out on top.