LOS ANGELES, February 2, 2013—The waiting is over. It is time for Super Bowl (47) XLVII.
By Sunday night, either the San Francisco 49ers will hoist their sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy or the Baltimore Ravens will lift their second one. Neither team has ever lost in the big game, so there will be unprecedented Super Bowl heartbreak for one of them.
As the entire world now knows, the coaches of the 49ers and Ravens are brothers. Jim and John have given us the Harbowl. For those who obsess over cheerleaders, Super Bowl parties, what snacks to serve, the commercials, and other pop culture items, this is not what the Super Bowl is about. This is about the biggest game in the greatest league in the history of sports. This is the final game of the 2013 National Football League season. The storylines and subplots are many.
TIME and PLACE: Kickoff is 6:30pm EST. The game is on CBS.
PLAY BY PLAY:
49ERS: Jim Harbaugh made a bold move by replacing his starting quarterback with backup Colin Kaepernick midway through the season. Kaepernick set a single game rushing record for an NFL quarterback a couple of weeks ago. With an upgraded offense and a nasty defense, the 49ers throttled the Packers and overcome a 17-0 road deficit to stun the Falcons in the NFC Title Game. That game was won by a courageous goal line stand by the 49ers defense in the final moments.
RAVENS: John Harbaugh saw his team begin 9-2 despite some devastating injuries on the defense. After consecutive losses, he made his bold move by firing his offensive coordinator and replacing him with the very respected Jim Caldwell. Caldwell has opened up the passing game and unleashed Joe Flacco. Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs are back and healthy, as the Ravens also have a vaunted defense. The Ravens dispatched the Colts in the wildcard game. They needed a late Hail Mary miracle to overcome the Broncos in the divisional round. They went on the road and got revenge on the Patriots in the AFC Title Game, blasting them in the second half after trailing at the break.
LINE: 49ers by 3 1/2
PREDICTION: Football is a game of emotion and intensity. Nobody is more emotional or intense than Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis. After seventeen years, this will be his final game. His retirement announcement has lifted the entire team during the playoffs. The 49ers have plenty of talent, but the Ravens have the experience. Ed Reed and Ray Lewis will pressure Colin Kaepernick into making mistakes. Kaepernick has only started nine games, and none against a defense like this one. Upset special, Ravens win outright.
Predicted score: Ravens 27, 49ers 17
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian who is obsessed with the National Football League. There is no offseason. Every February he pretends to care about other sports while sobbing uncontrollably each Sunday until September. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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