2012 NFL Playoff picks – Super Bowl XLVII

Only two teams left in the hunt for Lombardi trophy, AFC Champions Baltimore Ravens and NFC Champions San Francisco 49ers, who will play in this year’s biggest game  – Super Bowl XLVII.

     Baltimore Ravens (13-6) vs San Francisco 49ers (13-4-1), Sunday 6:30 PM (ET)

BAL@SF

Prediction 

For years to come, Super Bowl XLVII will be remembered as ‘Harbowl’ – the battle of two teams coached by two brothers, John and Jim Harbaugh. Both teams are well-coached and had two weeks to prepare for a big game and I honestly think this will be a close game between AFC and NFC Champions.
The Ravens didn’t play to their standard on defense the majority of this season due to injury problems, but come playoff time, they’ve played exceptionally well on defensive side of the ball. The 49ers on other side, compared to the playoffs, played much better on defense during the regular season and their defensive line didn’t produce the same amount of pressure on opposing quarterbacks which is why teams have been able to exploit 49ers’ secondary in this year’s playoffs. So look for Ravens’ offense led by QB Joe Flacco to try to do the same, exploit 49ers’ secondary and come up with game-breaking big plays downfield. When on offense, San Francisco will try to implement their style of offense, power running game combined with pistol formations mastered by second year QB Colin Kaepernick. Could be the game will be decided on special teams play where Ravens have an advantage over San Francisco. But overall I still think the 49ers are the better team, and their offense will find ways to score on Raven’s defense just enough to bring the city of San Francisco 6th Super Bowl Trophy.

 

Pick: 49ers 20-18, Result: Ravens 34-31
Against The Spread: Ravens (+3.5)
Over/Under: Under 47.5