After two weeks of anticipation, Super Bowl XLVII is finally here between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers as Jim and John Harbaugh prepare to become the first brother head coaches to square off against one another in the big game. Both teams seem capable of coming out on top, but the main question that everybody wants to know–will the 49ers or Ravens come out on top in this one?
From a defensive perspective, San Francisco and Baltimore have established reputations over the years for having two of the top defenses in the league, but the argument can be made both teams may have a reason to be concerned heading into Sunday. Over their first two games, the 49ers have allowed 55 points and only recorded two sacks–which is nothing compared to what they accomplished during the regular season.
As for the Ravens, they may be coming off an impressive performance against the New England Patriots in which they only allowed 13 points, but keep in mind they were going against an offense filled with plenty of injuries to key players–especially Rob Gronkowski.
The defenses will certainly play a key factor on Sunday, but the real X-Factor could also come down to the play of the quarterbacks between Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco. While Kaepernick has looked unstoppable at times since taking over for Alex Smith, Flacco has taken his game to a whole new level in the playoffs by throwing for eight touchdowns in three games with zero interceptions.
If those numbers don’t make a quarterback elite–it’s difficult to tell what does when it comes to Flacco.