And it all comes down to this! The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers are going to square off for all of the marbles at Super Bowl 47. The AFC winners and NFC winners have come a long way to get to this point, but only one team can beat the Super Bowl odds and ultimately lift the Lombardi Trophy. Check out our NFL free picks and Super Bowl predictions for the biggest game of the season.
Super Bowl Picks: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl Date/Time: Sunday, February 3rd, 6:30 ET
Super Bowl Location: Mercedes Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Superbowl Odds: San Francisco -4
Super Bowl On TV: CBS
On first glance, we have to wonder if the drop on the odds to win the Super Bowl are right or not. The Ravens opened up at +5.5 and quickly dipped all the way down to +3.5 before stabilizing at +4. As of Monday night, almost two thirds of the betting public is backing the men in purple and black after Baltimore’s strong performances against what was perceived to be the top two teams in the league, the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots. In both of those games, QB Joe Flacco came to play, and he now has eight touchdowns without throwing a pick here in the second season. Flacco has done a nice job getting the ball down the field to WR Torrey Smith, and into tight spots with some help from WR Anquan Boldin. RB Ray Rice continues to pound the ball, while the defense has suddenly renewed some of its life from yesteryear. LB Ray Lewis is going to be playing in his very last game on Super Bowl Sunday, and that should add even more intensity for what should already be a tremendously amped up defense.
The 49ers have slouched just a bit at times on the defensive side of the ball here in the playoffs, but we know that they is the exception, not the rule with what we have gotten used to seeing with this team. San Francisco did have a Top 5 ranked defense both against the run and the pass this year, and though the team has allowed a ton of points, we do have to remember that it absolutely shut down the Atlanta Falcons after falling behind 17-0 early on, and the ‘D’ only truly allowed 17 meaningful points to the Green Bay Packers the week before. QB Colin Kaepernick is going to do a lot in OC Greg Romans’ offense, and he is going to have to be smart with the football, as a passer, and as a pivot for the offense. Even on those plays when Kaepernick either calls his own number and runs, or has to make a read option whether to keep it or put the ball in the gut of RB Frank Gore or one of the other backs, every decision is crucial. To this point, no one can argue the fact that Kaepernick has been the best quarterback, at least on the NFC side of the playoffs.
In the end, we truthfully believe that this is one of the toughest Super Bowl point spreads to handicap in quite some time. If this were any other game, we would truthfully want to stay away from this one, knowing that this could legitimately end up going either way. That being said, we think that the magic of the Ravens is going to at least keep this one close from start to finish. This could very easily be the very first Super Bowl to go to overtime, and it could be another one of these games that is decided with a kick right at the very end. If for no other reason than that, with K Justin Tucker full of confidence for the Ravens, and K David Akers struggling for the 49ers to the point that he might not even be the place kicker come Super Bowl Sunday, we’ll take the points. We think that Lewis is going to go out on top with the Lombardi Trophy in tote, making for a storybook ending to a magical season for the Ravens.
Free Super Bowl Pick: Baltimore Ravens +4
Superbowl Score Prediction: Baltimore 24 – San Francisco 21