Super Bowl XLVII is officially here! The Baltimore Ravens and the San Fransisco 49ers will head into to battle tonight at 6:30 PM ET. This game will be an interesting one, for it is not only a fight between teams but a battle between brothers. Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the 49ers, is up against tough competition- his older brother, John, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. Don’t worry, their parents have this figured out- they have a jersey that is half 49ers and half Ravens!
As a Ravens fan I am so proud of how far this team has come this season. I couldn’t be more excited that they are in the greatest game of the season! Here’s what to keep your eyes out on during the game. (Don’t forget about those infamous Super Bowl commercials, too!)
The Raven’s offense needs to be firing on all cylinders this Sunday. Joe Flacco needs to continue his great playoff performance thus far. He has 8 touchdowns and no interceptions this post season, watch for him to make smart choices and take shots when he has to. A good running game will help Flacco in the Super Bowl. If Ray Rice can be a serious threat to the 49ers, it will not only take some pressure off of Flacco, it will also open up more passing lanes when the linebackers are flowing downhill expecting the run. The Raven’s haven’t comparatively passed as much as their foe’s this season, so they need to make every opportunity count. Watch for key Receivers Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, and Tight End Dennis Pitta to be key factors in the game.
Ray Lewis will certainly have the defense ready to play come kickoff time. A vital reason for some of the 49ers recent success is the mobility of Quarteback Colin Kaepernick. The defensive line needs to contain Kaepernick and make him stay in the pocket. The more he scrambles the more time it gives for their receivers to get open, slowly tearing the Defense apart. Containing Kaepernick will help the Safties and Cornerbacks guard the 49er receivers. Expect big plays out of Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, and the hard hitting Bernard Pollard.
A couple big kick returns have been made against the Ravens in the Special Teams phase of the game. Big returns are a huge momentum swing in a game and could mean the difference between a win and a loss. The Ravens have to excellent kick coverage against the 49ers. Being that the game is inside, Justin Tucker will most likely kick all kickoffs out of the back of the endzone, but watch for Punter Sam Koch to kick his punts especially high to try and force a fair catch and let his teammates run down and have good coverage on the kick. Also watch for Justin Tucker’s field goal attempts. This is the biggest game the rookie has ever been in and the Ravens need all the points they can get.
It’s bound to be a great game. It probably won’t be a relaxing game, but it will definitely be a great show. Cheers to the Ravens!
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Written by Brandie
Brandie is a graduate from Utah State University where she competed as a Division 1 gymnast. Growing up in the DC area Brandie has always been a fan of the Baltimore Ravens and is honored to have the privilege to write about them.