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Odd Super Bowl Stats: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

Jeff WaiteContributor IIIOctober 13, 2016

Odd Super Bowl Stats: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

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    The outcome of the Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers is yet to be determined. A great many NFL prognosticators have been providing a plethora of statistics to help us navigate toward a logical outcome.

    Here are a few more stats to muddy the waters such as night game records, dome game records, records against the opposing conference and strength of schedule.

    In the end, the game will be decided on the field, but maybe one of these points could make the difference in who hoists the hardware. Until then, lets digest a few more stats and wait for Sunday to come.

1. Dome Records

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    The Baltimore Ravens have yet to play in a dome this season. Therefore, their statistical data is incomplete.

    The San Francisco 49ers have played four dome games against the Minnesota Vikings, the New Orleans Saints, the Saint Louis Rams and the Atlanta Falcons—and have won all four contests.

    By no means did the 49ers blow anyone out in their dome contents—the largest spread being was 11 points. However, the 49ers have the edge on speed, especially with Colin Kaepernick at the helm.

    The 49ers also have the edge in that they have played and won in the Superdome this year.

    Advantage: San Francisco 49ers

2. Night Game Records

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    San Francisco was 5-1 this year in contests played in prime time. They rose to the occasion on Monday Night Football and handed big defeats to the Arizona Cardinals and the Chicago Bears. But the 49ers also got beat down by the Seattle Seahawks with a 28 point margin on a Sunday evening.

    Baltimore managed to be perfect in their tilts after dark. The Ravens were victorious over the Patriots, Steelers, Browns and Bengals all on the big stage—which is no easy feat considering that the Pats were in the Super Bowl last year and the rest were brutal divisional games.

    Given that Baltimore has had more experience in major prime time games, they are less likely to be phased by the moment.

    Advantage: Baltimore Ravens

3. Records Against the Opposing Conference

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    The Ravens were 2-2 in their NFC games where they squared off against the NFC East. The Ravens inexplicably lost to the lowly Philadelphia  Eagles early in the season and again to a playoff Redskins team.

    They also beat the enigmatic Dallas Cowboys and defeated last year's Super Bowl champions the New York Giants. While they gave a win away to the Eagles, they won a tough one against the Giants, which means they pretty much went par for the course.

    The 49ers were unbeaten against the AFC where they took on the AFC East. The AFC East was weak this year and the only truly tough game was against the New England Patriots in Foxboro.

    San Francisco put a clinic on against New England at first and then withstood a fiery Pats comeback to hold on in a big game. They also managed to demolish the rest of the teams in the division; none of the contests being close at all.

    Advantage: San Francisco 49ers

4. Strength of Schedule

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    The Baltimore Ravens played against six playoff teams from 2012, including the Bengals twice. Their opponents had a combined 127-129 record in the regular season for a .4961 winning percentage.

    The San Francisco 49ers also played against six playoff teams from 2012, including the Seahawks twice. Their opponents had a combined 130-126 record in the regular season for a .5078 winning percentage.

    These stats are fairly similar with no obvious advantage.

    However, the Ravens were 3-0 against teams that also played the 49ers, which happened to be both 2011 Super Bowl contestants. The Ravens beat New England twice and the New York Giants once. San Francisco beat New England, but was trounced at home by the Giants.

    Advantage: Baltimore Ravens

Conclusion

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    The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens are evenly matched for Super Bowl XLVII.

    The 49ers have the advantage in playing inside on turf because of their speed and stellar dome record this season. They also hold the advantage against the opposing conference with a perfect 4-0 record.

    The Ravens were slightly better in prime time games and definitely showed their mettle against difficult opponents. They also hold the advantage in strength of schedule with two wins of New England and a win over the New York Giants.

    Overall, there seem to be no more clear advantages to this game. The only thing we can do is sit back and see what happens; then we can all get back to crunching the numbers to figure out why.

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