Yes indeed, I’d like to point out I predicted this exciting matchup back in September during the exhibition season (but wasn’t smart enough to go to Vegas).
Featuring big-play quarterbacks and game-changing linebackers in the middle of the action, both teams will bring the added fire of nearly making it to the title game last year. For only the second time in Super Bowl history two teams that lost in the conference championship round one year earlier have fought all the way back to earn a Super Bowl berth the very next year (the other being Pittsburgh and Dallas who met in Super Bowl XXX).
There are too many factors that come in to play to outline here from kicking to turnovers, but it should be noted both teams took some gambles in getting here. Bringing in Jim Caldwell revitalized Baltimore’s offense and Joe Flacco’s game in particular. The same for 49er head coach Jim Harbaugh’s decision to replace quarterback Alex Smith with Colin Kaepernick.
And though this promises to be a terrific game, one of these franchise’s unblemished Super Bowl record will be no more come Sunday night. The 49ers are a perfect 5-0 in the game. A San Francisco victory here can tie Pittsburgh for most wins with six. However, something to note is the fact that the 49ers are the only team undefeated in the Super Bowl with at least two appearances. The Ravens are 1-0 in the Super Bowl, with its only appearance coming 12 years ago against the Giants. If Baltimore wins they become the 12th NFL team with multiple victories.
- Super Bowl XLVII kickoff – 6:30 p.m. ET CBS