Harbaugh Bowl: Top 20 NFL Players in Super Bowl XVLII

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Top 20 Players In Super Bowl XLVII

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The Super Bowl is upon us, I’m sorry, the Harbowl is upon us, and people everywhere are getting ready to host or go to a Super Bowl party. They’ll be chips, dips, cookie, sweets, pretzels, sandwiches, sodas, wings and if the good Mayor of San Francisco will allow it, beer and alcohol! There will also be a ton of entertainers and pre-game shows to watch, including the lovely Beyoncé at halftime.

The Super Bowl is upon us, I’m sorry, the Harbowl is upon us, and people everywhere are getting ready to host or go to a Super Bowl party. They’ll be chips, dips, cookie, sweets, pretzels, sandwiches, sodas, wings and if the good Mayor of San Francisco will allow it, beer and alcohol! There will also be a ton of entertainers and pre-game shows to watch, including the lovely Beyoncé at halftime.

Let’s forget about the Harbaugh brothers coaching in the game because that story has been played out, let’s focus on the one’s actually playing in the Super Bowl. Here are the 20 Best Players from the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens! These guys will battle it out for NFL supremacy in New Orleans next Sunday and so while you’re watching this game, keep your eyes on these players.

Here are the 20 best players playing in Super Bowl XLVII:

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20. Carlos Rogers

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Carlos Rogers is still a good cornerback and is certainly the best player in the 49ers secondary.

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19. Jonathan Goodwin

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49ers center Jonathan Goodwin is one of the best centers in the game. When you see how good the Niners running game have been the past few years, you may overlook Goodwin but that’s a mistake. Goodwin clears plenty of holes for the San Fran running game.

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18. Ray Lewis

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Ray Lewis is retiring after the game and he is still a good player. He comes is lower on the list because he’s not nearly as good as he used to be but who would be at that age. He still gets by with his knowledge of the game.

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17. Torrey Smith

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Torrey Smith is still learning the game but he’s one of the league’s best deep threats. He’s getting better every game and is always needs to be accounted for.

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16. Anquan Boldin

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Anquan Boldin isn’t the deep threat that his teammate is but he can still get open and make big catches. His speed doesn’t scare you but he still knows how to get open and makes plays with the best of them.

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15. Ed Reed

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Ed Reed still plays a good centerfield but he’s another Ravens defender who’s slowed down a bit. Like Lewis, he still gets by because he’s very smart and studies the game.

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14. Michael Crabtree

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Michael Crabtree is the 49ers best receiver and he has stepped up his game this season. He’s also the one downfield threat that Colin Kaepernick trusts when he needs a big play.

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13. Aldon Smith

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Aldon Smith comes in at number 13 and it may seem low but he’s not the same if Justin Smith isn’t on the field. Still a great young player with room to grow.

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12. Paul Kruger

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Paul Kruger has had one heck of a season. If you didn’t know who he was during the season, you probably do now. He’s been really good in the playoffs and the Ravens defense would be lost without him.

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11. Justin Smith

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Justin Smith is an absolute beast on the 49ers defensive line and he is the straw that stirs the Niners defensive drink. He keeps everyone else on the defense free to make plays.

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10. Mike Iupati

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Mike Iupati continues to open up holes in the 49ers running game and is one of the best guards in the game.

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9. Frank Gore

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Frank Gore, despite all his injuries of the past, has played better this year than he has in a long time. He makes big plays for the Niners in running game and helps keep defenses honest with Colin Kaepernick.

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8. Terrell Suggs

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Terrell Suggs still causes opposing offenses nightmares the way he rushes the passer. When the Ravens need a big sack, it’s Suggs they turn to.

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7. Joe Staley

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Joe Staley is one of the best tackles in the NFL and he leads a great 49ers offensive line. He’s strong and athletic.

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6. Haloti Ngata

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Haloti Ngata is the big man in the middle for the Ravens and he causes chaos with the way he takes up space, but he also makes plays.

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5. Colin Kaepernick

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Colin Kaepernick is playing about as well as anyone in the NFL and that’s why the Niners are in the Super Bowl. He’s running the read-option offense extremely well and has the arm to beat defenses.

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4. Joe Flacco

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Joe Flacco has been lights out this postseason for the Ravens and he’s led them to the Super Bowl. He’s been making big plays at the right time for the Ravens.

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3. NaVorro Bowman

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NaVorro Bowman is one of the best middle linebackers in the NFL, period. He makes plays in the running game and the passing game. Bowman maybe overshadowed by teammate Patrick Willis but he’s almost as good.

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2. Ray Rice

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Ray Rice is one of the best running backs in the NFL. There’s nothing he can’t do and he makes the Ravens offense go. When he gets the touches, the Ravens are a better offense.

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1. Patrick Willis

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Patrick Willis is the best linebacker in the NFL. He does it all for the 49ers defense and he has them in the Super Bowl, a true leader. He’ll be all over the field on Super Bowl Sunday.


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