The grand finale is titled “Ravens vs. 49ers” for specifically that reason–because if this game was John vs. James (Jim for short), I’d open up a Bible to see that the gospel John has 21 chapters whereas the short-and-sweet latter contains 5.
And so let’s not be thrown off by that sixteen chapter differential, or expect the Ravens to blowout the candles (49ers play at Candlestick) by that many points.
Because if the Ravens win this thing, I’m predicting it won’t be by much.
When it comes down to it–as low as the dirt underneath the belly of a snake–football will perpetually be a team sport. The statement is unprecedented–no ifs, ands or buts could counter this proverbial truth.
So as avid fans of this game, we might as well now edify ourselves as much as we can to predict–make an educated guess–how the Super Bowl will be played out. No matter how loudly I cry for the game result in a tie, the only “tie” here will be the tongues of our newest NFL champions in their post-game interviews (tongue-tied). (Ed’s note: I tried)
My take: It is not a good idea to study this upcoming game by comparing it to their 2011 meeting in which the Ravens somewhat ‘stole’ (imo) a victory from the 49ers by ten points. The double-digit margin does not truly signify how close this game really was—if only the referees had made a pass interference call on Ravens CB Lardarius Webb before he intercepted Alex Smith, then maybe I can rest my case. This time around, the 49ers won’t be missing Webb while he recovers from an ACL-injury he suffered in October (get well soon) and the Ravens won’t be forcing Alex Smith to lose fumbles (1), hitting him (12), and picking him off (1) because they’ll be running with/against a bigger problem named Colin Kaepernick. If containing Kaepernick has been a nightmare for your favorite team in the last few weeks, don’t sleep. That nightmare’s accomplice, who goes by the name of Frank Gore, has adjusted well to the read-option and imposes a darker, more vicious threat to even-solid defenses. The thought-provoking idea of how the unique athletes on a Packers defense (packed with experience, btw) couldn’t shelter a young 25-year-old Kaepernick intrigues me the most. The scarier thing about the CK-Experience is that it’s not required of him to run for x amount of yards to win. Both of their defenses are stout and more importantly, smart. The 49ers’ secondary has been caught off guard in recent weeks, so it won’t be a surprise package if we see Jacoby Jones and Torrey Smith burning them from time to time. The best treat from this game isn’t #52 in purple passing the torch to another #52 in scarlet, or a 25-year-old quarterback leading his team and winning the Super Bowl after the starting quarterback goes down (Tom Brady already has that covered) because the best treat of this game (if it happens) will come from the two legendary players in mid-air. What a breathtaking sight, if spectators had the privilege to watch Randy Moss raise his arm after slipping behind the ball-hawking safety Ed Reed, watch the ball sail over the Baltimore secondary, and wonder who’s basket the pigskin will finally land in.
The epic suspense is killing me too.
My prediction: 49ers 28, Ravens 26