Super Bowl Kickoff Time 2013: Crucial Info for Guaranteed Classic

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIFebruary 1, 2013

(FILE PHOTO) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens (L) and his brother Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers. Jim and John Harbaugh will become the first brothers to face each other as coaches in the Super Bowl. ***LEFT IMAGE*** LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 09:  Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the sidelines during the first half of the Ravens 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)  ***RIGHT IMAGE*** SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers gestures during the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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It's been a long playoff journey for both of these phenomenal football teams.

The Baltimore Ravens have overcome injuries, and two of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the game, to get to this one moment.

The San Francisco 49ers have their franchise back on track, led by a passionate head coach who took a gamble on a young quarterback in Week 11—which inevitably paid off.

But in the end, only one can win. With these teams so evenly matched, this Super Bowl is guaranteed to be one of the best in the history of the game.

Here's some info you need to know heading into Super Bowl Sunday.


Matchup: Baltimore Ravens (10-6) vs. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1)

Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.

Start Time: Sunday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. ET


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Injury Report

So far, both teams look fairly healthy heading into this one.

As of Wednesday, CBS Sports is reporting that everyone for both squads have been at practices. No one is currently listed as questionable.

However, it seems both teams are pulling a Bill Belichick by listing a plethora of starters on their respective injury reports—though the majority of which had full participation.

Right now, the only real injury concerns remain on the 49ers side, as linebackers Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks were held to limited practice on Wednesday.

But all signs seem to point towards both players going on Sunday, so we should be in a for a full-squad affair this weekend.


Betting Line

As of Thursday, the consensus line remains the 49ers (-3.5) or (-4.0), depending on who you ask.

While the line has consistently dipped—it started at (-5.0) after the championship games—it remains in favor of San Francisco.

Both teams play incredibly tough defense, and it's likely this game will be close. Thus, such a small margin for the game.


Top Story Lines

There's plenty of headlines circling Super Sunday, but three really standout.

The first, obviously, has to be the blood tie between both head coaches. Ravens coach John Harbaugh, and Niners coach Jim Harbaugh, just happen to be brothers.

Both coaches previously coached against each other in the 2011 regular season—a 16-6 Baltimore win—but never before have two brothers coached against each other in the Super Bowl.

Another name making plenty of headlines—good and bad—is Ray Lewis.

The good is that Lewis is in the final season of his fantastic NFL career and has his team in the Super Bowl. It would be quite a way to go out.

The bad is that Lewis' name has recently been linked to a Sports Illustrated report naming players that have used illegal deer-antler spray to better their on field production—which Lewis vehemently denies.

The third headline, less discussed—but just as interesting—is the path of both quarterbacks to get here.

Flacco has long vied to be considered among the elite in the NFL. The free-agent-to-be has his team in the Super Bowl for the first time in his career and could be in the makings of a legacy.

For the Niners is Kaepernick, who didn't make his first career start until Week 11 of this season. The second-year player has his team in the Super Bowl and could be starting his own legacy.



Both team's are evenly matched, and it makes a prediction pretty tough.

The Ravens and 49ers have very similar teams: elite running backs, difference making quarterbacks, shutdown defenses and smart head coaches.

But San Francisco is younger and has history on its side—the franchise is 5-0 in Super Bowl appearances—so they get the slight edge.

San Francisco 24, Baltimore 20