Super Bowl XLVII PREVIEW
The stage is set for sibling rivalry on the gridiron! (Actually, it's gonna be on the sidelines, but you know what I mean.)
It’s THE HAR-BOWL!
Brothers Jim (of the San Franciscso 49ers) and John (of the Baltimore Ravens) Harbaugh have coached their way to the Big Easy for a shot at hoisting up football’s most prized possession: the Lombardi Trophy.
Growing up as the sons of a head football coach, the two brothers have ascended to the highest level of the profession only to go head-to-head in the country’s biggest game.
This is the biggest storyline of Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII. It’s also rife with the kind of natural drama that a Hollywood movie producer would envy.
The mighty Tom Brady was eliminated when his Patriots lost to the Baltimore Ravens, which also means the media frenzy that inevitably follows “Tom Terrific” has been silenced. Maybe we’ll even be spared a brand new UGG commercial (fingers crossed).
The two remaining QBs now under scrutiny are a little less known outside the realm of football. Joe Flacco of the Ravens becomes the first quarterback to take his team to the playoffs in all of his first five seasons. He’s also considered to have one of the strongest (if not the strongest) arms in the league. Other than that, Flacco isn’t too exciting or provocative —even his dad thinks he is "dull" — and probably won’t take too much media attention away from some of his other more high-profile (Ray Rice, Ray Lewis) teammates.
Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers, on the other hand, has a more compelling story. Starting as a backup, Kaepernick got thrown into the mix in the middle of the season and proceeded to take the NFL by storm. With the ability to throw the long ball as well as stretch the field with his legs, Kaepernick is the style of quarterback some are saying will take over the league.
Both teams have solid defenses, but the edge has to go to the 49ers. With arguably the best pass rush combination in the game in Aldon Smith and Justin Smith (no relation), Flacco will have a hard time keeping his composure in the pocket.
The Ravens, on the other hand, will have a very difficult time with Kaepernick. Baltimore needs to put the pressure on and force the young quarterback to make mistakes. This will be Ray Lewis’ final game to cap a legendary career, but the star linebacker and his very old defense (the combined age of their two leaders, Lewis and Ed Reed, is 71), will need to pull out all the stops to get it done.
PREDICTION ... ?
Pain, for the Ravens. The 49ers win a nail-biter, 24-21.