Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/3/13
8 a.m. ET: Ray Lewis is on the verge of cruising off into the sunset with a Super Bowl title in his final NFL game. But Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers are looking to end his journey just short of the goal down in New Orleans. Lewis has been the center of attention down in the Big Easy this week, but not just because of his imminent retirement. Allegations about his use of deer antler velvet spray quickly developed into a major storyline and have even overshadowed a lot of the narratives heading into the big game. Beyond Lewis’ trials and tribulations, the other primary story this week is the sibling showdown set to take place from opposing sidelines. John Harbaugh leads his Ravens into the Mercedes Benz Superdome to meet his brother Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers. Both head coaches bring a certain fire and edge to the game, but while they’re glorified for the unlikely scenario, they have remained extremely focused and competitive throughout what has become a media circus. A number of periphery players will have a big impact in the outcome as well. Randy Moss, who claimed the title of “greatest receiver of all time” during media day earlier in the week, will play a major role for the 49ers, as will fellow receiver Michael Crabtree, linebacker Patrick Willis and Defensive Player of the Year candidate Aldon Smith, among others. Over on the Baltimore side, the roles of Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin will loom large to help keep Joe Flacco cool under pressure, and Lewis’ defensive mates like Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed and Haloti Ngata will have a large task ahead of them in stopping Kaepernick and the 49ers’ offense. There’s plenty to dissect heading into the biggest game of the year, but come 6 p.m. tonight the ball will be set for kickoff and the dust will begin to settle on this year’s Super Bowl champion. But keep it locked right here throughout the day for all your news, notes and analysis leading up to and throughout the game. So, enjoy your time with family, friends and plenty of finger foods, and get pumped up for some exciting Super Bowl action. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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