As most of you know, the 47th edition of the Super Bowl is at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in New Orleans. Brimming with enthralling subplots, this game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will be one you don’t want to miss.
The battle between the Ravens and 49ers is also a battle between brothers. Siblings Jim (coach of the 49ers) and John (coach of the Ravens) almost had this matchup last year, as both were in their conference’s championship, though neither was able to advance past the game to the Super Bowl. The sibling rivalry makes the game much more personal, because let’s be honest – who wants to lose to their brother?
2. Ray Lewis’ farewell
As if the brother battle wasn’t enough, also intensifying the emotions of the game is the fact that this is also the final game for linebacker Ray Lewis, the leader of the Ravens and the player that some say has sparked the Ravens’ postseason run. After missing most of the season due to a triceps injury, he returned just in time for the playoffs.
3. Late season hiring of Jim Caldwell
After a loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 14, the Ravens fired their offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron, and replaced him with Jim Caldwell, the quarterbacks coach at the time. Since then, the offense has averaged 30 points per game and has emphasized the run as their path to success. The play of Ray Rice will be a huge factor on Sunday.
4. Colin Kaepernick
The play of this young phenom has propelled the 49ers throughout the season. Jim Harbaugh made a controversial decision during the season to replace the starter, Alex Smith, with the rookie Kaepernick. Since then, Kaepernick has torn apart opposing offenses, with a 105.9 passer rating in the playoffs.
The emotion and vigor of the Ravens will slow down Kaepernick and the 49ers, but it will not be enough to overcome the 49ers’ highly effective offense and stingy defense. 49ers win, 27-21.
Sean Wright is a sophomore at Clarence High School.