This Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens in the 47th Superbowl. Not many people would have predicted this final, but both of these teams have had an impressive run up until this game. Both teams had to defeat #1 seeds in order to get here, with some nail biting games going down to the wire.
The Baltimore Ravens destroyed the Colts in their first playoff game, 24-9, in order to meet up with the #1 seed in the AFC, the Denver Broncos. The game against the Broncos came down to the wire, with Denver allowing the Ravens to tie the game on a defensive meltdown on the last play of regulation, and then losing to them in OT 38-35. The Ravens then also came from behind in their AFC conference championship against the New England Patriots, taking it handily 28-13 and causing Tom Brady to throw costly interceptions. All in all, they are coming into this game with confidence, and a huge boost from Ray Lewis on defense, as this will be his last NFL game ever.
The San Francisco 49ers had a bye in the first week of playoffs, and had to take on the Green Bay Packers in the semi-final of the NFC. They completely embarrassed the Packers, with Colin Kaepernick running amock against a defense that didn’t know how to defend the attack. The 49ers then had to face the #1 seed Atlanta Falcons, in Atlanta. They had to come back from a huge halftime deficit, as in the first half they were unable to stop the Falcons offense. But, their defense held the Falcons in the second half, and Kaepernick worked his magic again and they came back to win it 28-24 to book their spot in the finals.
This Superbowl also involves a head coaching spectacle, as the Harbaugh brothers face-off in the biggest game of their coaching careers. Can this game get any more intense? Who knows if John Harbaugh was able to come up with a plan for stopping the unpredictable 49ers offense. If anyone can, it’s the proven Baltimore defense.
The 49ers are favoured by 4.5 points over the Ravens in this game. Expect this line to move in the direction of a closer game. The Ravens have displayed their ability to beat both offensive and defensive superpowers (Denver and New England). The 49ers have yet to play against a defensive-minded team, so it will be interesting to see what they can do. They still have a potent offense that is difficult to stop, but we believe that the Ray Lewis led Ravens defense is up to the task. Lewis seems to put the team on his shoulders, and is able to pump them up to a level that is unmatchable.
Baltimore takes this game.
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