49ers vs. Ravens: Week 16 is a bigger Super Bowl preview than you think

It wouldn't be shocking at all if Brock Purdy and the 49ers end up meeting Lamar Jackson and the Ravens on both Christmas Day and in February for the Super Bowl.

San Francisco 49ers v Baltimore Ravens
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This Christmas Day primetime game featuring the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens could also be replayed in February for a Super Bowl title.

These two squads had faced off in Super Bowl XLVII. 11 years ago, and as most of the Faithful would unfortunately remember, the Niners would end up losing 34-31 and would suffer their first defeat on the big stage in their storied franchise history.

Now, as both of these teams sit atop their respective conferences, San Francisco will host Baltimore in what appears to be a potential Super Bowl matchup between two of the NFL's most elite teams on Monday Night Football in Week 16, which just so happens to be the finale of Christmas Day NFL action.

49ers vs. Ravens: 2 evenly matched teams on Monday Night Football Christmas game

Both teams are 11-3, sit in the No. 1 seed and have clinched a playoff berth already. The 49ers enter the game having won six in a row, and Baltimore has a win streak of its own at four games.

Quarterback Brock Purdy is leading the league with the most touchdowns thrown (29) while ranking second in total yards (3,795) and fourth in completion percentage (69.8%).

Another statistical leader, running back Christian McCaffrey, leads the league with 1,292 yards rushing. The next closest, running back James Cook of the Buffalo Bills, has 968 yards.

As a team, San Francisco is averaging 30.35 points on offense and allowing under 17 points a game on defense. The 49ers defense, meanwhile, has a league-best plus-13 turnover differential.

The Ravens have shown they can light up a scoreboard, too, though. Their offense averages almost 27.5 points a contest.

But Baltimore's secondary will also have its hands full covering three of the top 30 pass-catchers in the league, who help comprise Purdy's weaponry. As Purdy's primary target, Brandon Aiyuk has 59 receptions and 1,090 yards receiving on the year. Fellow wideout Deebo Samuel has contributed 49 receptions and 787 yards, and tight end George Kittle has 55 receptions for 865 yards.

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The Ravens could give the 49ers pressure as they lead the league with a total of 50 sacks already and picked off opposing quarterbacks 11 times on the season.

Baltimore's defense only allows an average of just over 16 points a game, too.

Hopefully, the result of this weekend's game is different than it was in February of 2013, and the 49ers could be getting an early preview of a Championship opponent.

Or at least some revenge.

The Niners and Ravens kick off on Monday, Dec. 25 at 8:15 p.m. from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

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