When: Sunday February 3, 2013
Watch: 6:30pm EST on CBS
This is going to be one exciting Super Bowl, or as some have dubbed the Har-bowl as the Ravens and 49ers head coaches are brothers.
Now, just for your information my prediction for Super Bowl XLVII is it is nothing you have not read before.
I found little reason to concoct some crazy assessment of the strengths of each team because the reality of the situation is really quite simple.
Two men, one 49er and one Raven, have been the ‘difference maker’ for their respective team thus far, and I do not see that changing today so why complicate the obvious.
So without further ado, here is my winner and loser for Sunday.
DIFFERENCE MAKER – 49ers:
This is the first time in NFL history a rookie will be starting at QB, essentially the most important position on the football field.
From the sound of it yes, but once you see Kaepernick play the word virtuoso comes to mind.
ESPN’s Ron Jaworski claims Kaepernick, “has the ability” to be the best quarterback in the NFL. And when Jaws speaks you listen.
No doubt this season will be dubbed the year of the rookie QB, as guys like RG3, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson dazzled all season long. But Kaepernick, is the one playing in the Super Bowl need I say more?
Only that this is the Super Bowl, and whether Kaepernick buckles under the pressure is still yet to be seen, as this game is a different monster. All odds are in his favor as even Vegas has Kaepernick as the 2-1 favorite to win the Super Bowl MVP. But a team has to win the game first for that to happen.
Look if you have not seen Kaepernick play yet, the Super Bowl is worth watching just to understand what I am talking about.
DIFFERENCE MAKER – RAVENS:
Finally, NFL and sports fans everywhere should relish in watching Ravens DL Ray Lewis for one last time, as he is hanging up his cleats after 17 seasons.
Saying goodbye to Lewis will hit home for me, as I am a HUGE fan. I have been brought to tears for weeks just thinking about never seeing Ray-Ray play, or dance again.
The NFL is not only losing one of the best linebackers ever to play the game, but sports fans will never get to see one of the most ardent athletes of out time compete again.
Lewis’ irrefutable enthusiasm makes it easy to understand why things transformed the moment he announced his pending retirement to his Ravens teammates.
Reality is the Ravens were heading into the playoffs stumbling, losing four of their last five games but now they are playing in the Super Bowl.
Win this one for Ray, as this man strived to be the best and deserves to leave that way too.
All I can say is that it has been my honor to witness, and it will be my pleasure to talk about how Ray Lewis played during my time.
As a New York Giants fan, I can tell you that the better team on paper doesn’t have the advantage of the team with the bigger heart. And this weekend that team is the Baltimore Ravens.
Now all that is left to be answered is the score: