Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens vs. 49ers

Some will call it the “Har-Bowl,” others will deem it “Ray Lewis’ last hurrah” or even the “Battle in the Bayou City.”

This will be a record 10th time that New Orleans is hosting the big game.
This will be a record 10th time that New Orleans is hosting the big game.

Any way you paint it, Super Bowl XLVII is Feb. 3 inside of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

This will be a record 10th time that New Orleans is hosting the big game.

This will be the first Super Bowl where the two teams head coaches are brothers.

John Hargbaugh will lead his Baltimore Ravens against younger brother Jim and his San Francisco 49ers.

The NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers stamped a ticket to their sixth Super Bowl appearance after cruising past Green Bay and overcoming a 17-point deficit against Atlanta.

The Baltimore Ravens became the AFC representative after decisively defeating Indianapolis and upsetting the conference’s top two seeds in consecutive weeks in Denver and New England.

This will be Baltimore’s second trip to Super Bowl.

Midway through the regular season, after starting quarterback Alex Smith suffered a concussion, Jim Harbaugh gave the keys to the offense to an untested and unproven Colin Kaepernick.

The gamble paid off, as Kaepernick guided the team to a 7-2 record, including playoffs.

This is the first time the teams have met since their Thanksgiving duel during the 2011 season.

That game saw John’s Ravens outlast Jim’s 49ers in a hard-hitting 16-6 defensive slugfest.

Sunday’s title game looks to have much of the same defensive dominance from last year’s regular season tilt.

San Francisco boasts defense that has six starters who were voted to the Pro Bowl: lineman Justin Smith, linebackers Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, and NaVorro Bowman, safeties Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner.

Baltimore only had two starters voted the Pro Bowl in safety Ed Reed and Haloti Ngata, but this team is not short of talent with Lewis being the driving force behind his team in his final championship push.

Cornerbacks Corey Graham and Jimmy Williams have also came through for the Ravens during the playoffs, matching up with some the game toughest receivers

Kaepernick has added a new dimension to the 49ers’ offensive attack, becoming a threat with both his arms and feet.

Running back Frank Gore, along with receivers Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis, has smoothed the young quarterback’s growing pains.

Kaepernick will have another ace in the hole, with future hall-of-famer Randy Moss at the receiver position.

The Ravens are led on offense by an often overlooked Flacco, who finally jumped over his championship game hump to advance to the Super Bowl.

Running backs Ray Rice and Torrey Smith will be his go-to guys.

Flacco may also lean on the services of tight end Dennis Pitta, who has made a ruckus through out the playoffs.

CBS will host the Super Bowl for a record 18th time, with its number-one broadcasting duo in Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, along with Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots reporting from the sideline.

For the second consecutive year, the game will be streaming on the Internet via CBSsports.com.

Corey Sanchez

Communications major Corey Sanchez served as The Highland Cavalier's opinion editor and assistant sports editor for the 2012-2013 academic year. He previously served as a staff writer.

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