BALTIMORE RAVENS VS. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (-3.5)
The Super Bowl is finally here. I’m just thrilled to not have to watch the Patriots, Giants, or Steelers (all the teams that I cannot stand) again who seemed to have played in 8 of the last 10 Super Bowls collectively. This year I have two teams that I would want to see win the Super Bowl. That hasn’t happened since the Saints faced the Colts.
I’m torn here as I want the Ravens win since I would love to see Ray Lewis end his illustrious career with another Super Bowl victory. However, I think the 49ers will bring home the bacon. I think the 49ers are stronger on both sides of the ball. The 49ers played two high-scoring offenses in the playoff in the Packers and Falcons and outscoring those teams was an easy task for the 49ers. The 49ers won 45-31 and 28-24.
The Falcons game was a true test for the 49ers. Going on the road, giving up a 17-0 lead in the 1st quarter, and having to battle back. The 49ers have an offense that can strike quickly thanks to Colin Kaepernick, which is something that they’ve lacked the last few years. The 49ers defense got their act together and allowed just 1 touchdown in the next 45 minutes of the game.
The Ravens have been equally impressive, beating Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on the road. Holding the Patriots to 13 points is hard to believe. If someone would have said prior to that game that the Patriots would be held to less than 14 points, it would have been met with complete laughter. Ray Lewis has that defense inspired and I can see them potentially winning the Super Bowl if that psychological edge is powerful enough to top the 49ers.
Enjoy the Super Bowl. This is a tough one to call with the spread. I think it’s going to be a tight game, but I like the 49ers to win by a touchdown.
PREDICTION: 49ers 27 – Ravens 20
PICK AGAINST THE SPREAD: 49ers -3.5 (Confidence: 6/10)