Super Bowl XLVII is set: Jim Harbaugh‘s San Francisco 49ers will face John Harbaugh‘s Baltimore Ravens on the NFL‘s biggest stage. It’s the first time two brothers will coach against one another in the Super Bowl, which in this case is renamed the HarBowl. Of course, it’s time for predictions. The Ravens may have overcome incredible odds in their last two playoff wins, but that magic will run out agains the 49ers and their young quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
Jim made the gutsiest call of the season by sticking with Kaepernick as his starter after Alex Smith returned from a concussion. Now the sophomore passer out of Nevada will make just his 10th NFL start and it just happens to be in the Super Bowl.
Although that last stat might make it seem like Kaepernick is at a disadvantage heading into the Super Bowl, but he’s actually riding a ton of momentum and he’s got the better of the two Harbaugh coaches leading him. This may just be his second season as an NFL head coach, but Jim definitely has an advantage over John in that he’s just the better coach.
The Ravens have ridden the arm of quarterback Joe Flacco throughout these playoffs and a postseason performance to remember by receiver Anquan Boldin. However, the 49ers have a very balanced attack on offense, just like the Ravens, but San Francisco’s two major advantages are its depth and its extra dimension–Kaepernick’s rushing ability.
San Francisco has not one, but two quality starting quarterbacks and three superb running backs highlighted by the dynamic duo of Frank Gore and LaMichael James, make the 49ers the early favorite. Ray Lewis won’t retire until after the Super Bowl, but it won’t be with a second ring. If you’re putting money on the game, bet on the NFC champs in the Harbowl.