San Francisco's Alex Smith and Baltimore's Joe Flacco both have their doubters, but while the experts and audience will expect a offensive game built on the ground, don't be surprised to see both quarterbacks air it out.
When it comes to defending the pass, the Ravens rank above the 49ers. Baltimore is seventh in the league with 211.3 passing yards allowed per game, while the 49ers are 23rd with 249.2 allowed a contest. To San Francisco's credit, they are tied for second in the league with interceptions with 15 on the season.
While both teams will struggle to run the ball, they'll likely be ready to call on their quarterbacks.
San Francisco has shown over the past few weeks that they seriously trust Smith, who has 13 touchdowns and four interceptions on the season.
Meanwhile, Flacco has 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions but continues to have his coaches' full support. After a win in Week 9 against the Steelers, John Harbaugh praised Flacco.
"This is a game for big men. You've got to shine bright in this game if you want to win this game. And nobody shined brighter than Joe Flacco in this game."
Both teams are expected to run the football, and both Harbaughs will expect the other coach not to expect a pass heavy attack. So both teams will air it out, much to the surprise of both coaches, neither of whom will expect it.