Super Bowl 47 is here and we will see the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The game is scheduled for a 6:30 pm (Eastern) start time and will be televised on CBS. Currently the odds for the game have San Francisco favored by 4 points while the total sits at 47.5. Check out Sportsbook Spy to see who the Public is taking on all of today's games.
Analysis: Brothers facing off as opposing head coaches. The finest linebacker of his generation - and arguably of all time - playing in the final game of his storied career. A pair of quarterbacks that few could envision playing for a championship - much less even setting foot on the field in the case of one of them. Those are among the myriad story lines taking center stage for the Super Bowl XLVII matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in New Orleans.
There were plenty of doubts about Joe Flacco's ability to lead a team to a championship, which is one reason he's set to hit the free-agent market. Flacco silenced even his staunchest skeptics with a stirring postseason run, throwing eight TD passes and zero interceptions in Baltimore's three victories. Along the way, he set an NFL record for most playoff road wins with six while outplaying Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on their turf. Flacco threw three second-half touchdowns to rally the Ravens to a 28-13 victory at New England in the AFC title game. Two of the scoring passes went to Anquan Boldin, who has 16 receptions and three TDs in the three playoff wins. Speedster Torrey Smith had 10 TD receptions this season, including two long ones in the win at Denver. Ray Rice has carried the running game for his entire career, but rookie Bernard Pierce came on strong down the stretch. The Ravens' defense cannot compare to the dominant unit of the 2000 Super Bowl season but it limited the high-powered Patriots to a season-low 13 points. Lewis returned from a 10-game injury absence to make 44 tackles in the postseason as he approaches his last game.
Jim Harbaugh made the biggest coaching gamble of the season when he inserted the dynamic but untested Kaepernick into the lineup in place of Alex Smith. The second-year quarterback has had moments of sheer brilliance, helping San Francisco blow away Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers by throwing for 263 yards and two TDs and rushing for 181 yards and two more scores in his playoff debut. Kaepernick played a more controlled game in the NFC championship game, calmly rallying the 49ers from a 17-0 deficit, and will enter the Super Bowl with the third-fewest starts for a quarterback. Frank Gore rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns against the Falcons and provides the tough inside running to prevent the Ravens from attempting to tee off on Kaepernick. Tight end Vernon Davis emerged from a long slumber with five catches for 106 yards and a TD two weeks ago and wideout Michael Crabtree has 50 receptions in his last seven games. San Francisco's defense allowed the second-fewest points (17.1) during the regular season but has been lit up for at least 31 points in three of its final five games and had trouble defending the deep ball against the Falcons.
Free Pick: I really like the Under in this game. The Ravens’s defense has struggled at times this year, but down the stretch when they needed to they played really well, allowing 14 points or less in 3 of their last 5 games and that includes allowing the powerful Patriots just 13 points in the AFC Championship game. The Niners defense has had some struggles in the post season, but make no mistake this is still a staunch group and with extra time to prepare you can bet they will be ready for a big showing tonight. Both teams will also look to establish the run here, which will eat clock and neither defense really gives up too many big plays, which means if teams score the will have to use time consuming drives. I also expect a pretty conservative game plan buy both coaches, knowing that they won’t have to take too many unnecessary chances knowing they have solid defenses n the other side of the ball. Running, defense and conservative ball control offense will keep this game in the 30’s.
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