Dustin Brewer and Cameron Heffernan, two definite experts in everything – especially football – make their pick for the biggest game of them all.
Family is a wonderful thing, whether it be a common sibling rivalry or a father and son bonding over something as simple as football.
The whole ‘Harbaigh Bowl’ angle could be the most important storyline in this years Super Bowl, from who’s the better coach too who’s game plan will be competent enough to win it all. Nevermind Ray Lewis, his squirrel dance, “Deer Antler Spray”, nightclub murder involvement or any other outrageous storylines he has following him. Nevermind, the storylines of Colin Kapernick the late season substitute that has risen to stardom behind an unconventional offense and the power of religious tattooed biceps. This years Super Bowl is a family affair. The oldest rivalry in the world, brother versus brother. The Baltimore Ravens versus The San Francisco Forty-Niners. An old-school battle between teams that like to run the ball and sling the ball downfield when the safeties decide to play up on the run.
This is the family affair to end all family affairs. This isn’t just any normal Super Bowl.
This is “Harbaugh Bowl”
Cameron: Niners – The Niners have genuinely been the better team all season. Defensively they finished in the top-4, stopping teams on the run and forcing them to resort only to the pass, something the Niners have faced some criticism for. The Ravens, on the other hand, appeal to this deficiency in that so far this postseason the Ravens have looked like the second coming of “The Greatest Show on Turf” and less like the team that finished 1-2 in their final three games after firing their offensive coordinator.
“If the Niners are supposed to be so poor with the pass; then if the Ravens excel in this matter then shouldn’t they win?”
“Don’t they have all the momentum rolling with them?” “They won at home, in Denver then in New England. Now they’re on the road (again, essentially) and just like the Packers, Giants and well… Giants again, won’t they ride this wave of winning to the Vince Lombardi Trophy?”
These are the question that could be asked if you have no faith in what could be the second coming of Bill Walsh, mixed with Mike Ditka and a splash of Tom Landry. I’m talking about the youngest Harbaugh brother, Jim.
I would like to believe in destiny, but all the numbers point to the Niners walking away with this one. The switch from Alex ‘Game-Manager-Extraodinaire’ Smith to Colin Kapernick was absolute genius. The Niners – and very much so do the Ravens – play a brand of smash-mouth football that isn’t seen too often. throughout the NFL playoffs the Ravens have looked like a team with no fear and willing to do whatever it takes to win. The Niners look like this same team but with a few better skill players and just younger players in general. It would be cute to think that Ray Lewis will go out on top; unfortunately though, he has done his last squirrel dance and he and the rest of Baltimore are headed to a sad and unfortunate ending at the hands of wonder-kid Colin Kapernick.
Niners – 38, Ravens – 20.
Dustin: 49ers- There’s not too much that Cameron left out of his pick so I’ll try to keep this short and to the point. On paper, this is one of the most even matchups we’ve had in a Super Bowl in a long time.
What makes this such an intriguing matchup to is the balance of both teams; explosive, playmaking offenses with blistering defense that can shut down any team (even the Packers and Patriots), hell, the coaches even share the same gene pool.
I think the difference here will be the youth of the 49ers compared to the Ravens; I think the Ravens will be in for a rude awakening when they meet a team that runs a little faster and hits a litter harder than what they’ve been seeing during this post season run. Jim Harbaugh has done an outstanding job building upon the success of last season and already looks poised to lead the 49ers to postseason glory for years to come.
There was also the stunning allegation made this week that Ray Lewis, currently enjoying one of the most successful retirement “last rides” ever, may have used Deer Antler Spray to get a banned HGH during his recovery from a torn tricep. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but Ray Ray has 44 tackles this postseason alone, so, skeptics have plenty to scoff at.
Of course, the thing everyone will be talking about, win or lose, is Jim Harbaugh’s decision to go with Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith midway through the season at QB. Given all the success that the 49ers had last year, with Smith under center they seemed primed for glory, instead, Harbaugh rolled the dice and has been reaping the benefits all year long. The 49ers currently stand at 5-0 in Super Bowls played, I believe Kaepernick pulls through once more and Jim begins his ring collection.
49ers- 34, Ravens – 31.
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