It’s Superbowl Sunday, a national holiday, and a day that will be remembered by all Niner fans. Today marks the day we capture that elusive 6th Championship. Today marks the day guys like Frank Gore and Patrick Willis have been waiting for their entire career.
This game won’t be easy, Baltimore has proved they are a talented team that can beat the best. Since Coach Jim Harbaugh has come into the league there is only one team he has lost 2 twice, that would last year champions, the New York Giants. A loss on Superbowl Sunday would put the Baltimore Ravens in that exclusive club.
Fun Superbowl Facts
- The 49ers(5-0) versus Ravens(1-0) will mark the first time 2 teams that have won a Superbowl have met in a Superbowl with each having an undefeated record. The winner will be the only team to make multiple Superbowl appearances without losing.
- Over 8 billion dollars worldwide will be bet on the Superbowl
- Not only is Jim Harbaugh coaching against his older brother John, but Jim’s son Jay is an intern with the Ravens
- The 49ers are 1-3 all-time versus the Ravens
- Coach Jim Harbaugh played quarterback for the Ravens in 1998 and was a teammate of Ray Lewis
- Colin Kaepernick is the 4th quarterback to take his team to the Superbowl in his first year as a starter, the last two (Kurt Warner and Tom Brady) won it all.
These two teams are very evenly matched, and a lot of that has to do with the coaches. The Raven’s veteran center Matt Birk had this to say “Should be a bloodbath”. He couldn’t be more right. These two teams love to line up and just beat you.
49er Keys to Victory
Stop the deep ball. Flacco has a great deep ball and if there is any weakness to the 49ers defense it lies in the secondary. The NFC Championship game really exposed that early with the passes down the field to Julio Jones and Roddy White. The Ravens will hope to do the same with Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith. The defense will have to come up big with the pass rush and not letting anyone get behind them in the secondary in order to win this battle.
Keep the Ravens defense guessing. The Niners probably use more formations that any team in football. They are also big on pre-snap movement to get the match-ups they want. Ray Lewis is still the best at figuring out what the opposition is trying to do. I’d expect with 2 weeks to prepare, the offense would have a few wrinkles that the Ravens having seen on film yet. If the Niners can get them guessing early, it will get the Ravens playing on their heels. Any defense that’s trying to adapt rather than attacking isn’t as effective.
Use our size and speed on offense. I would love the 49ers to utilize the 2 WR, 2 TE sets all game long. Having Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, Vernon Davis, and Delanie Walker on the field at the same time puts a lot of pressure on their secondary and that’s before they have to worry about coming up and stopping the run. With so many weapons at his exposal, I fully expect Kaepernick to have a heck of a game.
Much can be said about Frank Gore’s career with the 49ers, but in this game I’d like to see LaMichael James early and often. If he can get the defense running around, Gore can come away and pound them late.
In the end, I believe the 49ers offense will be too much for the Ravens to handle. I expect it to be close throughout, with the 49ers controlling it late and winning 27-17. For those who are betting that would be the 49ers and the under. Enjoy the game Niner fans, “Quest For Six” is nearly complete.