Harbaugh Bowl: 5 Lesser Known Players Who Can Win MVP Of Super Bowl XLVII

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5 Under The Radar Players Who Can Win MVP Of Super Bowl XLVII

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When the Super Bowl, or Harbowl, kicks off on Sunday night with the whole world watching, there will be plenty of intrigue on the game. Of course we know about Jim and John Harbaugh caching against each other but there are plenty of other things going on. For example, we have Ray Lewis playing in his final game and then we always talk about the quarterbacks so Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick are also pretty high on the list of things to talk about. After, it does come down to what the players do on the field that matters most.

The other day I looked at some of the best players each team had to offer and the names on that list weren’t shocking; among them were Ed Reed, Ray Rice, Frank Gore and Patrick Willis. These players and a host of other well-known Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers players will likely determine the outcome of the game. However, as we’ve seen in more than one Super Bowl, some of the lesser known players can be the MVP of the game as well. Players like Dexter Jackson and Larry Brown are two of the names that come to mind. Football is a game that has 46 players dress for each game so maybe one of these players may play a bigger role than anyone expected. Here is a list of 5 lesser known names that could possibly steal the show and win the Super Bowl MVP.

Don’t be surprised if one of these guys makes the biggest play to help win the Super Bowl.

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5. Justin Tucker

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There have been more than a few Super Bowls comes down to a field goal and this rookie has been great all season long. He’s made game three winners this year and if the game’s on the line and Tucker lines up to kick it, chances are he’s going to nail it. Can the same be said for the 49ers?

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4. Delanie Walker

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He is Mr. Everything for the 49ers offense; whether he lines up in the backfield, as an H-back or a tight end, Walker always does his job. He’s a good blocker and when he gets forgotten, he can make plays. In the Super Bowl, with extra time to prepare, there could be a special play or two for a big part of the 49ers offense. Don’t be surprised if Walker is a part of those plans.

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3. Jacoby Jones

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It’s not like Jones is a complete unknown but as everyone knows, special teams are a part of the game too and Jones had three touchdown returns this season. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him make a big impact with his return ability, but let’s not forget, he can still catch passes in the offense. We all saw what happened in Denver where he broke loose for the game-tying score. Look for Jones to make a big impact on special teams somewhere in the Super Bowl.

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2. Cary Williams

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He is the best corner the Ravens have and if can slow Michael Crabtree, it could force the 49ers into being a one dimensional offense. The 49ers only have one legitimate passing threat and that is Crabtree, if Williams can play well enough to make Colin Kaepernick look elsewhere, it could give the front seven extra time to get to Kaepernick. It may also force him into a mistake. Either way, I believe Cary Williams may have a huge impact on the game.

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1. LaMichael James

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James is getting his time now because Kendall Hunter got hurt late in the year and James has really come on. He’ll get some snaps at running back and he tends to make the most of them. If the Ravens defense takes one wrong step, James will take it all the way. His speed is a real problem for a Baltimore defense that plays more physical than fast. James is also dangerous returning kicks, so he can make an impact in more than one way. Watch out for LaMichael James on Super Bowl Sunday.


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