The NFL Championship game matchup this year could be one for the ages. There are so many variables in this one. On one side we have the final game for one of the all time great football players in Ray Lewis. Then on the other side we have a kid playing quarterback for one of the most successful franchises in NFL history. Well at least when it comes to winning championships as the 49′ers are undefeated in Super Bowls. Another factor is the element of family rivalry with the Harbaugh brothers going head to head.
As far as the teams go this one is fairly even. Both defenses are very good. Albeit the Ravens are probably a little healthier than the Niners on defense. Both defenses run a base 3-4 and they are loaded with talent up and down on the defensive side of the ball.
The Ravens are anchored by 2 first ballot hall of famers in Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. The Ravens defense is a little long in the tooth but still capable of dominating a game.
The Niners defense has Pro Bowlers galore. They are anchored by Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith. The Niners defense is young and hungry. They are looking to supplant the Ravens as the premiere defense in the NFL in statistics and reputation. Emphasis on reputation.
Just as on defense, the offenses are similar in their approach to the game. Run to set up the pass. The play of both quartetrbacks will be pivotal in the game. If I had to give an edge to either offense I would give it to the Niners based on the talents of Colin Kaepernick. He is really an X-factor here. Having only played in 9 games thus far works for and against him at the same time.
It works for him because the Ravens have very limited film on him (good) and it limits his actual game experience (bad). But what he does have big time in his favor is the ability to take off and make plays with his legs. That is what I think will be the difference in this game.
I see the score being 27-23 Niners with Kaepernick being the MVP based on how well he will run the ball today.
No matter who you are pulling for it should be a very entertaining game so enjoy!
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