Man in Dailymotion: Super Bowl XLVII Preview & Predictions
For the first time in Super Bowl history, two brothers will face off against each other as head coaches. It’s been called the HarBowl, the Bro Bowl, and El Plato Supreme. That’s just one of the many storylines coarsing through this matchup – Ray Lewis’ last hurrah, Torrey Smith winning for his deceased brother, Colin Kaepernick proving Jim Harbaugh right, Alex Smith rooting against that happening, and David Akers possibly pulling a Ray Finkle.
Here’s my breakdown of the big game along with predictions and some ‘visual aid’ of each host city’s tailgate scene thanks to Tailgate 32 (a docu series following 2 brothers as they tour the country in a 42-foot RV on a 25,000-mile nonstop trek).
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2013
BALTIMORE - The Ravens became just the second team since 1990 to advance to the Super Bowl after losing three of their last four regular-season games, which is why I kept picking against them throughout their playoff run.
Joe Flacco, a man that I considered to be lucky benefactor of a ferocious D in the past, has won eight games in his postseason career (the majority of which on the road) and has proven to me along with a host of other critics that he’s got what it takes to be considered ‘elite’. Dude’s the only QB to defeat Bill Belichick’s Patriots twice at home in the postseason.
The Ravens’ postseason winning percentage is the best in NFL history, but they face a team that owns the fourth-best winning percentage in NFL playoff history (29-19, .604) and is aiming to tie the Steelers for most Lombardi trophies.
I don’t see Ray Rice having a huge game, but I think he’ll still be a factor catching passes out of the backfield. This is Joe Flacco’s day. Unfortunately, he won’t get the MVP unless Ray Lewis doesn’t show up or leaves the game early.
SAN FRAN - Only one other quarterback has ever won a Super Bowl with fewer career starts at quarterback than Kaepernick if the Niners win. He’s mastered the read-option offense so far, but he’s also faced a pair of very susceptible defenses in the Packers and Falcons.
The Ravens are a different breed and with Ray Lewis operating on all cylinders, the Gold Rush attack will take a back seat to Colin’s cannon (read: San Fran will have to throw the ball to win). Knowing that, Colin will definitely throw at least one pick. It will be how he and the team responds that will determine the outcome.
Jim Harbaugh is in good company – he’s the fifth coach since 1970 to reach the conference championship game in each of his first two seasons as a head coach. Three of the four others won Super Bowls in one of those seasons. Nice odds, but I have a feeling his brother has his number. John’s a little more even-tempered and I think that level-headedness will pay off come crunch time.
PREDICTION: BALT – 26, SF – 23
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