Though all eyes (and microphones) may be on Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore and the San Francisco 49ers read-option attack this week, it's the 49ers defense that'll be tasked with stopping the suddenly high-octane Baltimore Ravens offense in Super Bowl XLVII.
The 49ers can score as many points and run as many exotic, untraditional plays on Sunday as they'd like. If the defense doesn't find a way to stop Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens passing attack -- something the Ravens' last three opponents haven't been able to do -- all those offensive fireworks will be for naught.
Make no mistake, this isn't your Ravens passing offense of old. It's not even the Ravens passing offense from December. This is a unit that's put up more total yards, more passing yards, and more points than any other team this postseason.
The 49ers players' respect the recent run Flacco and the Ravens offense is on.
"(Joe) Flacco's a good quarterback," 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis said on Sunday. "He's reall...