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There’s no question 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh would prefer to see his team play the Ravens in the Super Bowl.
After all, the head coach of the Ravens is John Harbaugh, who is his brother.
Blood is thicker than water as they say. A guy wants what’s best for his brother. This matchup would bring the Harbaugh families together, especially the parents of John and Jim Harbaugh.
It’s a cute story.
With due respect to the Harbaugh family, a better Super Bowl would be the 49ers facing the Patriots at New Orleans. CBS certainly hopes that’s the case even though the network would never dare utter those words.
With the 49ers facing the Patriots for the Lombardi trophy, there would be better storylines.
The quarterbacks would be an appealing draw. Seeing Colin Kaepernick face Tom Brady would get people interested. It would be like old-school quarterback in Brady facing off against a new-school quarterback in Kaepernick. The contrast in styles would be a fascinating study.
It will be interesting which team’s defense step up the most.
When the 49ers played the Patriots last month on Sunday Night Football, the 49ers defense did a good job of limiting Brady in the first half until he figured it out in the second half by orchestrating several drives and scoring two touchdowns. The 49ers have to answer if the second half was an abbreviation or something to worry about if both teams face each other two weeks from now.
Bill Belichick is known for coming up with great defensive schemes in a game. Can he devise a scheme to stop Kaepernick? There’s no question the Patriots head coach will watch how the Seahawks stop the 49ers quarterback by blitzing him often. With that said, the Patriots have to find out if they have the personnel to stop him.
Seeing Harbaugh coach against Belichick is better than watching him coach against his brother. It would be nice to see both coaches match wits against each other.
John Harbaugh is a fine coach, but he is not Belichick or his brother.
Jim Harbaugh and Belichick are the best coaches in football. They are effective in motivating their players. They make adjustments as the game goes on. They can be relied on to have their teams ready to play in a game that matters the most. The Patriots and 49ers are a reflection of how good their respective coaches are.
Plus, the 49ers and Patriots are the best teams in football all season. Shouldn’t we expect the best teams to play each other for the right to win a championship?
Talk about the Ravens and Falcons being qualified to be in Super Bowl all you want, but neither of these teams don’t appeal to a causal fan.
The Ravens are a nice team, but they lack sizzle. That team is boring to watch. They have players that have no personalities.
Joe Flacco is a nice quarterback, but he doesn’t get people to watch the way they watch Brady and Kaepernick.
Does anyone want to watch Ray Lewis win a championship? This guy is unlikable with the way he talks. He comes off as a used car salesman when he preaches about the Lord and values.
The Ravens offer nothing. It’s best if the Patriots win on Sunday. They have star appeal, and they can make football fun. Plus, it would mean something for the 49ers if they beat the Patriots to win a championship after that team won Super Bowls for a long time.
The Falcons don’t vow anyone. Matt Ryan is a nice quarterback, but people would rather watch Kaepernick based on his ability to make a play by running and throwing the ball downfield at the same time.
NFL is all about ratings and popularity. Outside of Baltimore and Atlanta, folks want to watch the Patriots and 49ers. That’s a matchup where it’s a tossup. That’s a game that will come down to the fourth quarter. That’s a game that will get people talking in the water cooler the day after the Super Bowl.
Yes, the Ravens and the Falcons will get ratings, but no one wants to watch either teams. Both teams are bland.
It makes sense the 49ers and Patriots face each other based on so many pros than cons when assessing this matchup.
Here’s hoping both teams make it a reality on Sunday.
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