As the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens head into Super Bowl XLVII, each coaching staff is looking for the advantage. By evaluating common opponents like the New England Patriots and even breaking down the 2011 Week 12 matchup, the coaches are trying to find or create mismatches in their game plans.
Both teams have solid rushing attacks, defenses that are playing good football right now and quarterbacks who are playing extremely well. By using schemes, formation adjustments or varying personnel, each team is working to outsmart the other.
In the coming slides, some of the players may be just slightly better than the opponent they are facing, but if the best player can get the upper hand, his team will be one step closer to hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.