This could be what many NFL offenses look like in the future.
It may be a passing fad like the wildcat or run-and-shoot.
Either way, the Baltimore Ravens must find a way to disarm San Francisco's "Pistol" attack for their best shot at winning Super Bowl XLVII.
The 49ers don't use the formation on every snap. But when they do and the opposition is unprepared, it can have devastating results.
The Green Bay Packers learned this in painful fashion during a 45-31, second-round playoff loss. San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick set the NFL's single-game rushing record for a quarterback with 181 yards and two touchdowns. Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers and his charges were so confused that the 49ers finished with a whopping 579 yards overall.
"It is another way to put pressure on the defense," 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said this week. "That is what we want to do. We want to try to put pressure on 11 people on the field. Make...