The San Francisco 49ers have relied on their defense throughout the entire 2012 season and now that Super Bowl XLVII is here–they’ll need to rely on it even more going against a Baltimore Ravens team that has been on fire as of lately. Joe Flacco has answered any questions about whether or not he’s an elite quarterback by throwing for eight touchdowns and zero interceptions in three games this postseason, so if the 49ers’ defense plays like they have so far in the postseason–they could be in trouble.
For a team that ranked near the top of the league for just about every defensive category during the regular season, San Francisco has seen some struggles over the first two games as they allowed 55 points between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. On top of that, the 49ers have only managed to record two sacks over those two games–which is unacceptable considering the amount of talent they have on defense.
Injuries or not, this San Francisco team is too talented to be displaying these types of numbers against opponents and they’ll certainly have their hands full on Sunday against a talented Ravens’ offense. On top of Flacco, the 49ers will need to figure out ways to contain players like Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, and Anquan Boldin.
It certainly won’t be easy, but the 49ers have managed to shut down numerous high-powered offenses during the regular season–which means there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to do it against the Ravens on Sunday.