5 Reasons Why the San Francisco 49ers Will Win The Harbaugh Bowl
Super Bowl XLVII
With Super Bowl XLVII just a couple of days away, the San Francisco 49ers have arrived in New Orleans, and are beginning their final preparations for the biggest game of the season.
While this is the sixth time the franchise has represented the NFC in a Super Bowl match-up, it will be the first appearance for most of the players on the roster, the first for any of them as a member of the 49ers. Of course, this does not come as much of a surprise considering that this is the first Super Bowl the 49ers have been in since the 1994-95 season.
One of the biggest story lines that surround this year’s Super Bowl is the head coaching match-up. The 49ers are coached by Jim Harbaugh, who is in his second year of his NFL coaching career. Standing across the field from him will be his older brother John Harbaugh, the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. This marks the first time two brothers have met as head coaches in the biggest game of the NFL season. This has led to Super Bowl XLVII being dubbed everything from the Jimmy John Bowl to simply the Harbaugh Bowl.
It is understandable why this unique occurrence would garner so much attention, but if you asked them, either Harbaugh would tell you it is not about them, but rather it is about the players taking the field on Sunday. It is a humble response to a ton of attention the two coaches do not feel they deserve, but both teams are an extension of their coaches personality, and both should be proud of what they have done to get to this point.
Unfortunately, only one can walk away a winner, and the following is a look at five reasons why it will be Jim Harbaugh and his San Francisco 49ers that walk off of the field of the Mercedes Benz Superdome as winners.
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Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers Coaching Staff
To win against a tough Baltimore Ravens team that seems to be riding a wave of destiny, Jim Harbaugh is going to need to coach the best game of his life. This will prove to be a task Jim is more than ready for. The 49ers have so many wrinkles in their game plan, both offensively and defensively, the Ravens are going to have their hands full all day long.
Patrick Willis- The Legend of No. 52 Continues
While the Ravens will be saying goodbye to their No. 52 in this game, the rest of the world will be watching the torch be passed to another No. 52 with the potential to be just as influential to the NFL in the years to come. Patrick Willis will be roaming the middle of the field making it hard on Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta. He will also be in the backfield enough to make Joe Flacco and Ray Rice wonder which side of the ball Willis is lining up on.
Frank Gore Running For a Reason
With the Atlanta Falcons leading them by 17 points, Frank Gore plead with Greg Roman and Jim Harbaugh to give him the ball. The coaches listened and Gore took advantage, racking up 90 yards and two scores, helping to propel the 49ers past the Falcons and into the Super Bowl. Look for him and running mate LaMichael James to wear down the Ravens vaunted defense with powerful runs and body battering persistence.
Vernon Davis Is Unstoppable
Throughout the season, Vernon Davis appeared to have disappeared from the offensive game plan. Fortunately for 49ers fans, the powers that be seemed to remember him just in time. In his last four playoff games Davis has nearly 450 yards receiving and five scores. That type of output is the stuff of legends and an aging Baltimore defense will have fits trying to defend him in the Super Bowl.
Colin Kaepernick Does Not Lose His Cool...Not Ever.
It may come as a surprise to see the young quarterback as the number one reason the 49ers will win on Sunday, but Colin Kaepernick is mature beyond his football years. He has shown himself to be cool under pressure and no stage has proved to be too big for him. His first start was a Monday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears, who were atop the NFC at the time they met. He rose to the occasion and has not slowed down since.
He started his playoff experience with an interception returned for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers and still bounced back to impose his will upon the clueless Packers’ defense. He maintained his composure after his team spotted the Atlanta Falcons 17 points on their home field in the NFC Championship game. Nothing seems to rattle the young man, and his skill set is as complete as they come.
With a strong and accurate arm, Kaepernick is a constant threat down the field, but it is his speed and agility that make him such a dangerous player to defend. The Ravens have a talented group of guys on the defensive side of the ball, but they have not seen anything like Kaepernick in the past and this will prove to be too much for them in the end.