This Sunday millions of people will gather with friends and family to watch Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. This Super Bowl has been nicknamed the “Super Har-Bowl”, “The Har-Bowl”, “The Super Harbaugh”, “The Bro Bowl”, and “Super Breaux XLVII” since brothers John and Jim Harbaugh are the two head coaches facing off. Sibling rivalries are as American as apple pie or even football. That being said, this brotherly rivalry is now on the largest stage in America, the Super Bowl.
The matchup between the 49ers and the Ravens should be tactically interesting since both teams have similar playing styles and both brothers have similar coaching philosophies. Both defenses are relentless, hard-hitting, and can shut down the most potent offenses. The offenses have strong running games and accurate passing games. Both teams made bold changes to their offenses late in the season, as Baltimore changed their offensive coordinator in December and San Francisco replaced their starting quarterback in November. Both teams’ risky decisions have paid off as they both reached the Super Bowl.
Second-year 49ers starting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, has been instrumental in leading his team to the Super Bowl after starting only nine games. Kaepernick is a dual threat with an arm of a pitcher and the legs of a gazelle. Although his long touchdown passes and electrifying runs have been impressive, it’s his poise, ability to read defenses, and limited mistakes as a second-year player in the league that stands out most. Even when he (rarely) makes mistakes, his confidence never falters. That confidence will be tested once again on the big stage against the stout Ravens defense. The 49ers high-octane offensive and strong defense should make them hard to beat.
Super Bowl XLVII will be the last game for linebacker, Ray Lewis, who has played for the Ravens since they drafted him in 1996. Ray Lewis is the emotional leader of the team and you can count on him to motivate his team to give it everything they have on the field. It’s also Ed Reed’s first Super Bowl in his 11th season and he’s been one of the games most dominant safeties.
The Super Bowl should be a blast with hard hits and big offensive plays as the Haurbaugh’s duke it out for dinner table bragging rights. I hear the commercials are funny too. So get your grub ready and enjoy Super Bowl Sunday. I’m not sure who’s going to win, but my money is on Haurbaugh!