SEAN LESTER DURHAM
This Superbowl pits brother against brother but that’s not even the most intriguing story line within this game; the tale of 2 QBs searching for next level establishment is more rich has more substance going into the Superbowl IMO…. There’s no doubting the effectiveness of both these respective defenses but this game will be a dual between 2 talented QBs in Joe Flacco and Collin Kaepernick that won’t disappoint….
Solid defenses aren’t the only thing these respective teams have in common. They are both great at running the ball and the effectiveness of their respective offenses is predicated off the effectiveness of the running game…. Both teams have big play WRs with the ability to get past the defense at any given moment, both teams QBs have completed at least 60% of their passes in the playoffs this season and both defenses beat an elite QB to get to the Superbowl, so I’d say this one will be as good as we’ve seen in a long while….. I do give Flacco and the Ravens the slight edge for experience as they have playoff experience on both sides of the ball at key positions. Unlike the Falcons, the Ravens won’t disregard Vernon Davis and will force Kaepernick to find other targets as much as possible and I believe as good as Kaepernick has been this year in his limited action, I believe his inexperience and youth will be exploited by the veteran Ravens defense. Look for Torrey Smith and Ray Rice to have big games for the Ravens and look for Ray Lewis to pick off Kaepernick at least once.
Ravens will be crowned kings of the world….
Ravens – 34
49ers – 23
Joe Flacco sends Ray Lewis out on top as the Ravens beat the 9ers in a close fought match. Flacco and Co. have too many weapons for the San Fran secondary to cover. Dennis Pitta and Ray Rice will have big days exploiting coverage over the middle. Counter runs and misdirection will also prove successful against the fast flow defense led by Patrick Willis and Novaro Bowman. Kaepernick will perform and keep it close to the end but a determined Baltimore team will pull out the win on the shoulders of elite quarterback play for Joe Flacco.
Final Ravens 32 – 49ers 27