The Super Bowl is here with the Ravens and 49ers facing off. There are a lot of story lines in the game with the Harbaugh brothers facing off, Ray Lewis' last game and Colin Kaepernick's offensive gameplay. The NFL is loving all this press.
Here's a last look at the game.
These two teams are built with similar styles. Both want to run the ball and play great defense. The biggest difference is what they ask out of their quarterbacks.
The 49ers have a young quarterback in Kaepernick that's running the newest, most exciting offense in the league. It's the zone read, pistol, option or whatever you want to call it. The bottom line is that the QB is taking the option to handoff to the running back or carry the ball himself based on a last second read of the defense. This offense has been growing in the league the last two years but exploded this season as the Redskins, Seahawks, 49ers and Panthers really took it to another level. Now we find one of these teams in the Super Bowl. Is this new offense here to stay or just a fad? It depends on who you ask. The one thing that is for certain, the QB has to stay healthy for this offense to work. Ask Redskins fans about that.
The Ravens have more of a traditional QB under center. Flacco is a slow footed big arms QB that loves to sling it down the field. The Ravens are living on the deep ball this postseason. Not only did they use it to come back and beat the Broncos but it is now the main focus of their offense. With the new offensive line giving Flacco time and Ray Rice running well to set-up play action, the Ravens offense is clicking along.
The two defenses are solid and there's no question they will be tested.
I've ranked each match-up in a previous article (Which Team has the match-up advantage) so I'll summarize here. 49ers get the nod for offensive line, running game and defensive front. I gave Baltimore the nod for pass defense and I also give Flacco the edge over Kaepernick based on his experience.
The bottom line is that this will be a great game and should provide some exciting plays for NFL fans.
In the end, the 49ers come out on top 31-21.
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