And this year’s championship game in the Big Easy is one with plenty of exciting storylines to watch.
But those storylines, along with the pageantry of the event, are just appetizers for the masses—like the food and beer they will be devouring—for the game itself.
After everything else subsides, four quarters of football will be played in order to name one of these two great teams a champion.
And both of these teams are great, too.
Jim and John Harbaugh inherited teams with strong foundations and they have solidified them by instilling hard work and discipline in their locker rooms. Their impressive football acumen hasn’t hurt, either.
The end result is undeniable as these two teams prepare to do battle tonight.
San Francisco imposed its will on teams this season defensively and rolled over them with their stout and physical offensive line.
Baltimore, who struggled at times, is finally healthy and playing arguably the best football in the NFL right now.
Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs, two of the most dominant players on the field tonight, missed much of the season and the Ravens still managed to win 10 games along the way to an AFC North Division title.
The biggest X-factor for the game is QB Colin Kaepernick, who will be making just his 10th-career NFL start.
Kaepernick took over nine games ago when starter Alex Smith suffered a concussion. Jim Harbaugh hasn’t looked back and has turned over the offense to his sophomore QB.
The added dimension he brings to this game will keep fans on the edge of their seats, as he can break a huge play at a moment’s notice.
But Baltimore’s revived defense is riding the emotional wave of Ray Lewis’ impending retirement. They are buying in and believing after shutting down the New England Patriots in the second half of the AFC Championship Game.
Both teams are riding high and have what it takes to be champs.
But there can be only one.