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This is for all the marbles!
Two teams, two brothers and four quarters of football to decide who will be crowned Super Bowl Champions.
In the blue corner representing the AFC are the Baltimore Ravens led by their star quarterback Joe Flacco and defensive leader Ray Lewis.
The Ravens have had to overcome plenty of adversity on their way too New Orleans and eliminated two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks from the Playoffs along the way.
With the passing of their former owner Art Modell at the beginning of the season and with Ray Lewis playing in his final game as a Raven, Baltimore won’t be short of motivation for this one as the go in search of their second Super Bowl win.
In the red corner representing the NFC are the San Francisco 49ers who are back after the golden years of stars like Joe Montana, Steve Young and Jerry Rice to try and win their first Super Bowl since 1994.
The 49ers have had a truly incredible season and after making a quarterback switch in Week 11 from Alex Smith to Colin Kapernick and they now find themselves just one win away from being crowned Super Bowl champions for a sixth time.
So with the world watching and the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans awaiting, it all comes down to Super Bowl XLVII next Sunday night.
With one week to go, here are my 13 biggest storylines to watch in the big game.
Harbaugh vs Harbaugh
Judging by recent season storylines, one would be forgiven for thinking that Hollywood writers have been hired by the NFL to write scripts for the blockbuster movie that is: an NFL season.
After last year’s dramatics involving quarterback Tim Tebow and the cultural phenomenon that was ‘Tebowing,’ we now have an even more Hollywoodesque storyline involving two brothers.
Older brother John Harbaugh (Head Coach of the Baltimore Ravens) will go head to head with his younger brother Jim (Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers) on the biggest stage of all, the Super Bowl.
The Harbaugh Bowl features two of the best coaches in football right now and is almost worthy of its own film.
The Harbaugh Bowl: Two Brothers Collide
Tom Cruise uses his football knowledge gained from Jerry Maguire to take on the role of older brother John and Brad Pitt trades baseball strategy from Moneyball for blitz packages to play as Jim.
Ray Lewis summed up the moment perfectly after the AFC Championship Game and said “this is our time.”
#52 is looking for one final victory before he leaves the game for good and retires.
Can Lewis complete his Hall of Fame career by bowing out on top and winning the Super Bowl?
Lining up on offense across from Ray Lewis will be another one of the game’s all-time greats in Randy Moss.
Unlike Lewis, Moss is playing for his fifth NFL team and is looking to pick up his first Super Bowl ring.
Will the veteran who began playing all the way back in 1998 step up and be the x-factor for the 49ers offense?
Michael Oher’s story really is a Hollywood one after the successful book and film The Blind Side.
The once homeless teenager makes his way to the Super Bowl as “Big Mike” gets ready to protect Joe Flacco.
Is there a Hollywood ending in store for Oher?
Just like Michael Oher, Patrick Willis is a fellow Ole Miss Rebel with another heartwarming story to tell.
He had personal troubles of his own and was adopted at the age of 17 after difficulties with his father.
Will Willis lead the 49ers to a victory over Michael Oher and the Ravens?
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been brilliant in the Playoffs and is playing the best football of his career.
49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick faces the toughest test of his career in just his 11th NFL start.
Who will come out on top in this crucial battle for quarterback supremacy?
Ravens Wide Receivers vs 49ers Secondary
Ravens wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith are one of the best duos in the NFL.
The 49ers secondary is struggling and they face a tough test to contain these two.
Can Torrey Smith put on a Julio Jones like performance vs the 49ers secondary?
49ers Running Game vs Ravens Run Defense
The 49ers running game will be crucial for their offense as they look to exploit their clear speed advantage.
Starter Frank Gore is helped out by backup LaMichael James along with the running threat of Kaepernick.
How will Haloti Ngata and co. deal with the 49ers rushing ability?
The battle of the kickers has the potential to be the biggest storyline of them all.
Ravens rookie Justin Tucker is in terrific form whilst 49ers veteran David Akers looks highly inconsistent.
Does experience or youth prevail if the game comes down to a last second field goal?
So now we get to the Super Bowl traditions with the National Anthem first on the list.
Alicia Keys will be performing this year’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Will her performance bring Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to tears?
Super Bowl ads are a pretty big deal which is why companies pay up to $3 million for a 30 second commercial.
Popular commercials to watch out for include Coca-Cola and Doritos.
Will any of this year’s crop join this illustrious list of greatest commercials in Super Bowl history?
After a mixed performance from Madonna last year, this year’s Halftime show looks a lot more promising.
Beyonce is set to perform fresh off her performance at President Barack Obama’s Inauguration.
Will Destiny’s Child re-unite on stage or will husband Jay-Z join her for an encore?
Sorry 49ers fans but when it comes down to the final outcome of the Harbaugh Bowl, I’m picking the Ravens to get the win with an MVP performance from Joe Flacco to give Ray Lewis the perfect ending to his legendary career.
49ers 19 Ravens 30
So there is my preview and prediction for Super Bowl XLVII.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the game!
The 2012 NFL season is now just seven days away from kick off with the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants hosting their NFC East rivals Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium next Wednesday night.
I will be posting a preview of the game next week but for now it’s time to reveal my Playoff predictions and Super Bowl picks for this year.
And so early as though it may be, here are my Playoff seeds.
1. New England Patriots
2. Baltimore Ravens
3. Houston Texans
4. San Diego Chargers
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
6. New York Jets
1. New York Giants
2. Green Bay Packers
3. New Orleans Saints
4. San Francisco 49ers
5. Chicago Bears
6. Philadelphia Eagles
AFC Wildcard Round
(3) Texans vs (6) Jets
Without much competition in the AFC South, I see the Texans winning back-to-back division titles with their star running back Arian Foster set for another big year.
The Jets passing game will be the key to their season and I think they’ll somehow find a way to sneak into the Playoffs even with the Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow quarterback controversy that’s likely to unfold.
Prediction: The Texans superior offense along with their emerging defense gives them the edge over the Jets.
(4) Chargers vs (5) Steelers
The San Diego Chargers have brought in plenty of talented players this offseason and that should help them to overtake the Denver Broncos and win the AFC West.
After a disappointing playoff loss to the Denver Broncos last year, the Steelers are looking to bounce back this time around with much of their success depending on the availability of Rashard Mendenhall and Mike Wallace.
Prediction: The Steelers are a team on the decline which is why I see the Chargers getting the win in this one.
NFC Wildcard Round
(3) Saints vs (6) Eagles
As shocking as it may sound, I still think the Saints can win the NFC South even without their suspended head coach Sean Payton because Drew Brees and his offense are just that good.
The Philadelphia Eagles are the most talented team in the NFL on paper and if they can keep Michael Vick healthy and play solid defense, I see them taking the final wildcard spot in the NFC.
Prediction: This game could break all types of offensive records and I see the Eagles winning in an upset.
(4) 49ers vs (5) Bears
After coming so close to the Super Bowl last season, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will be tasked with taking one step further this year and will also have arguably the best defense in the NFL to support him.
As long as the Bears can find a way to keep Jay Cutler and Matt Forte off the sidelines, they should at the very least earn a wildcard spot for the postseason.
Prediction: In what would likely be a throwback defensive minded game, the Bears win a close one.
AFC Divisional Round
(1) Patriots vs (4) Chargers
Tom Brady threw for more than 5,000 yards last season and he should put up similar type numbers again this year with weapons including the best tight end tandem in the NFL in Gronkowski/Hernandez.
The Chargers defense would surely have to step up if they were to make it this far into the Playoffs and they would certainly be in for a long day going up against Brady and co.
Prediction: As a Chargers fan, I should really be going for the upset but I just don’t see that happening.
(2) Ravens vs (4) Texans
The Ravens defense will be missing 2011 Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs for much of the season but they have more than enough talent elsewhere on defense to make up for his absence and win the AFC North.
After getting past the Jets in the last round, the Texans would come up against their old foes from last season’s Playoffs in the Baltimore Ravens in another battle at M&T Bank Stadium.
Prediction: Just like last time, it’s hard to pick against the Ravens in this matchup.
NFC Divisional Round
(1) Giants vs (6) Eagles
The defending Super Bowl champion Giants get my number 1 seed in the NFC and with last season’s roster still mainly intact, I see them having a much better regular season showing this year.
It’s one thing getting the upset over the Saints on the road, but the Eagles would face an even tougher task in this one as the Giants defensive line would be likely to have a field day going up against Michael Vick.
Prediction: In an east coast rivalry game, the Giants get the win and advance to the NFC Championship.
(2) Packers vs (5) Bears
People seem to have forgotten that the Packers lost just two games last season and still have the reigning MVP in Aaron Rodgers along with a defense that will be much better in 2012.
The Bears would love nothing more than to eliminate the Packers from the Playoffs on their own turf at Lambeau Field and would be forced to count on quarterback Jay Cutler to step up and lead them to victory.
Prediction: In a game between two of the biggest rivals in the NFL, it’s the Packers who come out on top.
AFC Championship Game
(1) Patriots vs (2) Ravens
In a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game, the Patriots take on the Ravens at Foxborough again.
Prediction: With time running out, undrafted rookie Justin Tucker would (ironically) kick the winning field goal.
NFC Championship Game
(1) Giants vs (2) Packers
In yet another rematch from last season’s Playoffs, it would be down to the two top teams in the NFL.
Prediction: The Packers learn from their mistakes and get the win to sends them to New Orleans.
Super Bowl XLVII
(AFC Champs) Ravens vs (NFC Champs) Packers
Two teams with completely contrasting styles meet at the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome on February 3rd, 2013.
Prediction: In a potential Super Bowl clash for the ages, I’d give a slight edge to the Packers.
Packers win Super Bowl XLVII
So that’s my Super Bowl pick as well as my Playoff predictions for the 2012 season.
Although I would like to see my choices be as accurate as they can be, I hope I’m wrong about the Chargers chances and they somehow manage to win the Super Bowl!
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