Which Team Has Advantage Playing In A Dome In The Harbaugh Bowl?

By Jake Fischer
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Now that both the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens have arrived in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII, thousands of storylines have starting brewing up from the Big Easy. Members of the media are talking about the Ravens’ motivation to win for Ray Lewis, player safety and the 49ers trying to go a ridiculous 6-0 in Super Bowl appearances in franchise history.

Well, perhaps the biggest storyline for the game will help the 49ers reach that goal is playing in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

When playing in domes during the regular season, the 49ers went 1-1. Their loss came at the hands of the then red-hot Minnesota Vikings, 24-13, on September 23, but that was when a guy named Alex Smith was quarterbacking the NFC Champions.

Colin Kaepernick led San Fran in their regular season dome win, which came in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome  during Week 12 – Kaepernick’s first career start on the road. The inked up and dynamic quarterback also triumphantly led the Niners to a 17-point comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game in a dome as well.

So, if you can count at a kindergarten level, it’s not hard to figure out that the 49ers are 2-0 in domes this season when Kaepernick is their starter.

On the other side, the Ravens have not even appeared in a single game this season that took place in a dome. This could actually provide a huge advantage to Jim Harbaugh and company on Super Bowl Sunday. Playing in a dome should not be something to go understated. Inside a dome, the air is a little different, noise is louder and temperatures on the field can get a little humid.

With all of that in mind, Super Bowl XLVII taking place in a dome could potentially give the 49ers a huge advantage for a victory. How’s that for a Super Bowl storyline?


Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.

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