NFL: Super Bowl 47 Analysis and Prediction

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Only a few days left before the kickoff to Super Bowl 47 in New Orleans. It will be the San Francisco 49ers taking on the Baltimore Ravens.

At the beginning of the season many predicted that the 49ers would be in the Super Bowl except with a different quarterback calling the plays. That quarterback was supposed to be Alex Smith, but due to a concussion Colin Kaepernick replaced him and led the 49ers to the Super Bowl. While the 49ers were a solid offense with Smith, Kaepernick has made them a dynamic and unpredictable offense, which is why they have been so dominant.

The 49ers defense has always been great. They were top 5 in all the major categories (points allowed per game/total yards allowed per game/passing yards allowed per game/running yards allowed per game). Of course they are led by their great line backing core which includes Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith, Navarro Bowman and Ahmad Brooks.

Looking at the AFC side of things many were unsure if Joe Flacco would be playing for the Baltimore Ravens next year. This was his contract year and throughout much of the season Flacco would look flat. He’s been anything but during the postseason He has thrown for 853 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. Flacco has gotten hot at just the right time. Win or lose Flacco will get a huge contract from the Ravens or another team. Maybe not Drew Brees money like he wants, but he’ll be getting a huge payday.

You can’t talk about the Ravens defense without mentioning Ray Lewis. Heading into the playoffs weeks ago many people were interested in Ray Lewis and how this would be his last playoffs before retiring. Now it seems like the story has turned into Ray Lewis and his possible use of deer antler spray to help him recovery from his torn biceps earlier this year. Whatever story you decide to follow Ray Lewis is a top five linebacker in the NFL and possibly of all-time. The Ravens defense is so much more than Lewis. They have Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata and plenty of others.

What will be the difference in this game?

Both teams have dynamic running backs and that will be the key. Who can ever run and keep their opponent’s defense on the field the longest will win. With that said nothing against Ray Rice, but Frank Gore is the running back I give the edge to. Not only is he a great runner, but the fact that Colin Kaepernick can run around as well, will eat up plenty of clock and keep the Ravens (much older defense) on the field longer. That will wear down the Ravens.

Also, while Flacco has looked great this entire postseason I feel if the Ravens are down early by a huge margin he doesn’t have the ability to bring them back. Kaepernick two weeks against the Atlanta Falcons proved that he can.

In the end, it will be a low-scoring game. Both defenses will be stellar. Both quarterbacks will have decent games, but nothing memorable (especially with them both throwing interceptions). It will come down to the running game which gives the edge to the 49ers, which gives them the win in this game. Give me the 49ers winning Super Bowl 47 16-10 with Super Bowl MVP going to Frank Gore with his 80-90 yard rushing performance and one touchdown.

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