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Midwest Sports Fans:
The final game of the NFL season is upon us as the AFC Champion Baltimore Ravens prepare to take on the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 47. They meet up in New Orleans in a game that features many unique story lines.
From the Harbaughs facing off to Ray Lewis’s final game in the NFL, along with his reported use of banned substances, the game has many off-field angles that make the day that much more interesting.
John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, and the Ravens finally made it to the Super Bowl after four years of falling short. They seek to win their first Super Bowl since the 2000 season.
After a rough finish to the regular season in which they lost four of their last five games, the Ravens were able to start the postseason with an easy win over the Colts. They followed that up with a double-overtime thriller against the Broncos in Denver.
The game only made it to overtime thanks to a 70-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter. It was a miraculous play that signaled a change in the fortunes of Flacco and the entire team.
The final win for the Ravens was the most impressive. They had a rematch against the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, but came out with a much better result. There was no missed field goal to lose the game, and the Ravens actually won comfortably.
Tom Brady threw two interceptions and was greatly outplayed by Joe Flacco, who had three touchdowns and no picks. It was further proof of the change in Baltimore under Harbaugh and Flacco.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have had different luck this year with Colin Kaepernick as their quarterback. After losing in the NFC Championship game to the Giants last year, they have advanced to the Super Bowl, just as the Ravens have avenged their loss from last season.
Kaepernick had a performance to remember in his playoff debut against the Packers. He threw for 263 yards and ran for another 181. He had four total touchdowns to help his 49ers win 45-31.
He did not match his numbers from his first game in the NFC Championship game in Atlanta, but he still did enough to help his team win. Matt Ryan had much better numbers in the game, but the offense failed to score any points in the second half.
Frank Gore will need to be a factor in the game to help take some of the load off of Kaepernick’s shoulders. He has rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns thus far in the postseason, and will certainly be needed against the Ravens.
Ravens-49ers Super Bowl 47 Prediction
The Harbaugh Bowl will finally take place after almost happening just a year ago. The Ravens have the veteran influence on defense, along with a much-improved Joe Flacco. The 49ers may be led by a young quarterback, but they will come out on top in Super Bowl XLVII.
Super Bowl 47 Prediction: 49ers 31 | Ravens 27
Super Bowl 47 Game Info
Super Bowl 47 Kickoff Time: 6:30 EST / 5:30 CST
Super Bowl 47 TV Channel: CBS
Super Bowl 47: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Super Bowl 47 Point Spread: 49ers -3.5
Super Bowl 47 Over-Under: 47.5
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