During the 2012 NFL regular season, the Baltimore Ravens‘ defense wasn’t nearly as good as it’s been in years past. Most would think that can be attributed to the injuries that kept Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs sidelined for different parts of the season. However, when you look at the numbers, the San Francisco 49ers should have a lot of success on the ground agains the Ravens in the HarBowl.
The Ravens’ defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards allowed per game in 2012 and contrary to popular belief, they actually got worse once the playoffs started, giving up nearly 20 more rushing yards per game in the postseason. That doesn’t bode well for them since the 49ers have a dynamic duo of running backs and a head coach who knows how to use them.
Frank Gore and LaMichael James are quite the combo; Gore is the pound-the-rock-type runner who can also bust off big plays by breaking tackles past the line of scrimmage while James is the ideal change-of-pace back, darting through holes and creating tons of matchup problems for opposing defenses.
The Ravens haven’t been able to hold average running games at bay this year, so they definitely won’t be able to stop the incredibly strong rushing attack of San Francisco. If you’re betting on the over/under for 49ers rushing yards in the Super Bowl, take the over.