With so much unparalleled hype leading up to Sunday’s matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, the fact that the game must still be played seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle a bit.
The battle of the brothers (John and Jim Harbaugh), Ray Lewis’ impending retirement and the deer-antler spray saga (via Will Carroll of Bleacher Report), Randy Moss proclaiming G.O.A.T. status over Jerry Rice and 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver’s homophobic mini-rant have all reached unprecedented waters in overshadowing the NFL’s crown jewel.
Come game time, however, this matchup—in addition to the talent that will be on the field—has the capability of surpassing this most interesting affair that we all know as Super Bowl Week.
The Ravens and 49ers bring to the table a similar recipe for success: Control the game with a sound rushing attack, protect the football and play stout defense. Throw in names like Colin Kaepernick, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Vernon Davis, Aldon Smith and Ed Reed, and this Super Bowl could go down as one of the best yet.
Here are five bold predictions for Sunday’s action.