LOS ANGELES, Febraury 3, 2013– 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.
It is the big game, a bittersweet event as it brings us the two best teams of the season, and the end of the season at the same time.
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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 several weeks ago. With an upgraded offense and a nasty defense, the 49ers throttled the Green Bay Packers and overcome a 17-0 road deficit to stun the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship. 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 fired his offensive coordinator and replaced him with the respected Jim Caldwell. Caldwell has opened up the passing game and unleashed quarterback Joe Flacco. Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs are back and healthy, as the Ravens have a vaunted defense equal to the team’s offense. The Ravens dispatched the Indianapolis Colts in the wildcard game. They needed a late Hail Mary miracle to overcome the Denver Broncos in the AFC divisional round. They went on the road and got revenge on the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, 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 17 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
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