Ravens vs 49ers: Who Will Be Each Team's Key Contributor in Super Bowl XLVII?

Daniel MorrisContributor IIIFebruary 1, 2013

Justin Tucker could be the difference maker in Sunday's matchup
Justin Tucker could be the difference maker in Sunday's matchupDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

The Super Bowl almost always involves two of the best teams in the NFL battling against each other for the Lombardi Trophy. The game itself, however, is not always won or lost by the actions of each team's best player.

Often times, it is a relatively unknown guy who does something that decides the outcome of the Super Bowl. David Tyree, Chase Blackburn, and Tracy Porter all come to mind in recent years. 

In the following paragraphs, I will highlight one player from each team who has a chance to be the hero of Super Bowl XLVII, even though most fans would not regard either of them as a key player to focus on.

San Francisco's Randy Moss is undoubtedly one of the best wide receivers of all-time, and his career statistics over 14 NFL seasons testify to his undeniable skill and talent. Perhaps the biggest thing lacking from Moss' trophy case, however, is a Super Bowl ring.

Moss is not nearly the receiver that he once was, but despite his age restriction, he has still made some big plays for his team in both the regular season and postseason this year. Look for Moss to, once again, make a big play for San Francisco, this time in the Super Bowl. A deep touchdown or a few long receptions from Moss may be what helps him finally garner that elusive ring.

Randy Moss will be the key player for San Francisco on Sunday.

Seven of the last 11 Super Bowls have been decided by six points or less. In close games, field goals can easily determine winners from losers, and the largest amount of pressure usually lands on the smallest guy on the field.

Justin Tucker, the place kicker for the Baltimore Ravens, had a spectacular rookie campaign this year, nailing 30-of-33 field goals in the regular season. He also sent Baltimore to the AFC Championship game after kicking a game-winner in overtime against the Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round. 

Though just a rookie, Tucker has performed like a seasoned veteran. If this game is close, as it very well may be, count on Tucker to convert on some clutch kicks to help lift the Ravens to a win.

Moss or Tucker may not seem like the most important players in this year's Super Bowl matchup, but they could easily hold the biggest influence over which team ultimately hoists the Lombardi Trophy come Sunday.