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  • 47 Things about SB 47



    47 THINGS ABOUT SUPER BOWL 47

    Storylines that we’re going to let others handle:

    1. Calling the game the Har-Bowl. Hey, did you know that Jim and John Harbaugh are brothers and that no set of brothers have faced off as head coaches in the Super Bowl? In fact, no brothers in any major sports have faced each other in a championship game. I’m confused, did we expect that to be common?

    2. Any regurgitation of any recent Ray Lewis interview.

    3. Any detailed articles about that night in Atlanta that Ray Lewis had. Good thing the Falcons defense stinks and couldn’t hold 20-0 and 17-0 leads in consecutive weeks at home.

    4. Any weird story about how the Harbaugh family won’t truly be happy because one of them has to lose. Old man voice: That’s a bunch of poppycock.

    5. Any mention of how the family has ties to Michigan football or Indiana basketball (Tom Crean is married to Joani Harbaugh, sister of Jim and John). Yeah, they all coach. It’s kind of cool. Move on.

    6. Colin Kaepernick’s tattoos.

    Things that should be talked about more:

    7. This game will be the tenth start of Colin Kaepernick’s career.

    8. How well these teams match-up with each other. They even had an identical +9 turnover ratio.

    9. The Ravens allowed 38 sacks and got 37 of their own during the regular season. The Niners allowed 41 and took down opponent quarterbacks 38 times.

    10. But, wait, there’s more stats about this. The Ravens converted 37% of their third downs and held opponents to a 36% conversion rate. The Niners converted just 35% of their downs and allowed only 33% to be converted against them.

    11. The Ravens have a huge special teams advantage in terms of DVOA, kick returns and field goal kicking. This seems like the type of game that could be decided by a special teams play.

    12. In one week, the Ravens held MVP-candidate Peyton Manning to 7 points in final 45+ minutes of action. The next week, the Ravens held Tom Brady to zero points in the final 30+ of action.

    13. How Dannell Ellerbe and Courtney Upshaw could be the key players in this game for Baltimore.

    Things that don’t matter:

    14. Previous records.

    15. That the Ravens held Robert Griffin III to 7 carries for 34 yards in their match-up. It’s nice to know, but the preparation is what will matter.

    Things that matter:

    16. The Ravens have been running a passing game during the playoffs that concentrates on the hitting the middle of the field and stuff about 8 yards from the line of scrimmage with hitches and ins for a few plays before going deep.

    17. It will be interesting how the Niners defend the point above. They were sliced and diced by Julio Jones early and changed the defense. It allowed Gonzalez to get catches, but not much yardage.

    18. How the Ravens will balance the use of Pollard and Reed in the run game while trying to contain Vernon Davis.

    Fun Facts and Farces:

    19. Of the playoff teams, the Niners had the best difference in yards per play at 1.3 yards. (6.0 SF-4.7 OPP).

    20. The Niners are undefeated in the Super Bowl and have the most wins with such a record. In fact, when you add the one win for the Ravens, the 6-0 combined record is the best of all-time for an undefeated match-up.

    21. The Harbaugh family has never actually finished a Thanksgiving meal. Nobody could agree on the right game plan for the day. One time, Jim suggested a fried Cajun-style turkey with cinnamon butter rolls. He was forced to live in a foster home for two weeks after that incident.

    22. The Ravens were 12th in passer rating differential (+5.8). The Niners were 4th (+23.18).

    23. I may just have to pass on in the next 10 or so years. Why did I come up with this concept? When will I sleep in the two weeks before the Super Bowl when we get to Super Bowl 72? The over/under for the date of my No-Doz addiction is January 22nd, 2024.

    24. I stole this from ESPN Stats & Info, but it’s interesting. Each of the five other quarterbacks to finish the post-season with 7+ touchdown passes and no interceptions have won the Super Bowl and won Super Bowl MVP. Joe Flacco has a chance with his 8TD-0INT line going in.

    25. Ray Lewis is a different animal. Residents around Training Camp complained about him and a few younger Ravens players eating their gardens at night. One witness saw Lewis establish dominance by slashing the forelegs of the younger players. Eventually, some homemade mixtures with hot chili oil kept Lewis and the young bucks away.

    26. Like last year, there is a lack of players who have played for both of these teams. The only one with significant experience with both is Tavares Gooden.

    27. Players say they have never seen Jim Harbaugh use his red sharpie. That’s because Jim is too smart to allow the team to know it’s true intention. After each game, depending on the calls, Harbaugh may or may not add a new name to the “Refs to Kill” list that is tucked ever so perfectly into the cap of the pen.

    28. What is the possibility that Bernard Pollard knocks a Niner out of the game? Are the odds around 3:2? Could Pollard go for Moss since he is a former Patriot? Does the entire city of Boston hate me for mentioning this?

    History:

    29. Colin Kaepernick’s seven regular season starts is not the least experienced quarterback to play in a Super Bowl. Two guys are ahead of him. Jeff Hostetler had only 4 before facing the Bills in Super Bowl 25 and Vince Ferragamo had five before Super Bowl 14.

    30. At the quarterback position, this is the 6th least experienced pairing in Super Bowl history. What pairings are ahead of this two? Warner/Brady in Super Bowl 36 with only 57 regular season starts between them. The next five:
    -Brady/Delhomme in SB 38 (63)
    -Warner/McNair in SB 34 (65)
    -Staubach/Greise in SB 6 (73)
    -Hostetler/Kelly in SB 25 (75)
    -Kaepernick/Flacco this season (87)

    31. The most even quarterback pairing in terms of experience was in Super Bowl 22 when John Elway had 68 regular season starts in his career and Doug Williams had 69 up until that point. The biggest gap? The 153 start difference between Fran Tarkenton and Ken Stabler in Super Bowl 11.

    32. If the Niners win, Randy Moss will have a 1-0 record with Colin Kaepernick in the Super Bowl and a 0-1 record with Tom Brady.

    33. This is the 20th straight year that a player from Nebraska is playing in the Super Bowl. This year’s Cornhusker is punter Sam Koch of the Ravens.

    34. The Niners have five players who have been to a Super Bowl with six total appearances. In fact, Clark Haggans is the only player on either team with multiple games played. The Ravens have four players who have been to a Super Bowl. The whole list: Manningham (injured), Moss, Goodwin, Haggans, Akers, Boldin, Ayanbedejo, Lewis and Ihedigbo.

    Possible Headlines:

    35. In a blowout: Har-D-Har-Har

    36. Ray Lewis has good game: Ray’s Day.

    37. If Lewis and Rice both have good games: Sparkling Rays.

    38. Michael Crabtree leads the victory: King Crab!

    39. Joe Flacco ends up being MVP: UnFlaccable.

    Predictions for the Game:

    40. Only one wide receiver will catch a touchdown pass. His name is Anquan Boldin.

    41. The Niners will rush for more yards than they pass.

    42. Despite a complete lack of confidence, David Akers will not miss a field goal during the game.

    43. Ray Lewis will lead the game in tackles, finishing with one more than Navarro Bowman.

    44. Dashon Goldson will allow exactly one huge gain to Torrey Smith when he is fooled by a double move.

    45. Bernard Pierce will lead the Ravens in rushing, but Ray Rice will lead his team in catches.

    46. The winner will be the team with the most catches by their tight ends.

    47. COUNCIL OF THE LEARNED SUPER BOWL PICK: (SF 4-3)
    LAST WEEK: 1-1
    SEASON: 170-95-1 (64.1%
    )

    Comments 13 Comments
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      I can no longer doubt the Ravens. Everything screams 49ers, but I see Ed Reed have a huge game.

      Also, Ray Lewis' will keep piling up mysterious tackle assists.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      COUNCIL OF THE LEARNED SUPER BOWL PICK: (SF 4-3)
      That sounds right. Very hard game to call.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      This game could be a blowout. I trust the SF running game to be much more consistent than the Baltimore running game, and I trust the SF OL more than Baltimore's. I also think SF is a much more dynamic offensive team with Colin Kaepernick under center.

      I trust the SF defense to consistently stop Baltimore much more than I trust Baltimore's defense to consistently stop SFs offense.

      Other than Special Teams, it seems that this is a terrible matchup for Baltimore, and a very good matchup for SF.

      Again, this could be a blowout in favor of the Niners. That wouldn't shock me.


      ALL THAT SAID, this whole playoff run just screams that it's Baltimore's year. I didn't get to see the first 3 quarters of the Broncos game, but what impressed me about Baltimore was when they walked into New England with a complete calm. The look on the faces of both Flacco and Harbaugh just before kickoff confirmed to me that Baltimore knew they were going to win that game. There wasn't overconfidence, and there didn't appear to be nerves. Just a complete calm, like they knew something we didn't. (Then again, I was the only person to take Bal in the council that week )

      I trust Flacco in a big spot, and Baltimore has paid their dues. They know this is probably their last run as currently constructed on the defensive side of the ball, and I think they find a way to will themselves to a victory.

      Baltimore 17
      San Francisco 10
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Well, the only outcomes your post doesn't cover are a Baltimore blowout and a tie.

      So a tough game to call indeed!
    1. Hoser's Avatar
      In my mind #46 sticks out as the most true.
      I have tried to devour every crumb of information for the past couple of weeks and it is amazing, to me, that everyone seems to be forgetting about Vernon Davis.
      There is a reason that Ray Lewis has had so many tackles...mainly because he has been an easy target over the middle for a completion to the TE.
      I am excited to see him try to keep up with Vernon Davis.
      Whatever the outcome...I am THRILLED that the Niners are relevent again. It's been 18 years between SB's and I hope and pray that they bring home the hardware (not to go all Bachelor) after this amazing journey.
    1. Hoser's Avatar
      Thanks to the NFL Network, my DVR and my VHS collection in the past 10 days I have watched:
      -the 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989 and 1994 Superbowl summations
      -the 1981 and 1994 NFC Championship games in their entirety
      -the 1994 year in review
      -last years playoff game against the Saints in its entirety
      -the game against the Packers and the game against the Falcons in their entirety
      Amazingly...I am still married to my wife...a Raiderfan.
      My son's due date is 2/6 but IF he comes during the SB THEN his middle name will be Montana.
      I am a happy man.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Hoser View Post
      There is a reason that Ray Lewis has had so many tackles...mainly because he has been an easy target over the middle for a completion to the TE.
      I am excited to see him try to keep up with Vernon Davis.
      Baltimore will face the same dilemma that Atlanta's defense struggled with. With both a deep threat, and a running threat from both the QB and a running back, how do they cover the intermediate passes? Seattle shredded them and might have won. SF also shredded them and did win.

      In Atlanta, they blamed a lack of coverage linebackers. Lewis is not a mobile coverage linebacker, so presumably he'll be exposed? Or benched? Against Atlanta, Copernicus didn't even have to run for the option to change the game.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Hoser View Post
      Thanks to the NFL Network, my DVR and my VHS collection in the past 10 days I have watched:
      -the 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989 and 1994 Superbowl summations
      -the 1981 and 1994 NFC Championship games in their entirety
      -the 1994 year in review
      -last years playoff game against the Saints in its entirety
      -the game against the Packers and the game against the Falcons in their entirety
      Amazingly...I am still married to my wife...a Raiderfan.
      My son's due date is 2/6 but IF he comes during the SB THEN his middle name will be Montana.
      I am a happy man.
      Congratulations and best wishes! What a great time to be you!
    1. Hoser's Avatar
      Thank you Wax...I concur.
      As a guy that has watched just about every second of Niner football for the past 30 years...my keys to the game are this...
      Heavy dose of Gore
      Heavy dose of Davis
      Control both lines of scrimmage
      And hopefully Akers finds the cajones he displayed in Oakland when he kicked the game winner with a torn hammy
      If those things happen I think they can overcome just about any scenario.
      Go Niners!!!!
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Hoser View Post
      And hopefully Akers finds the cajones he displayed in Oakland when he kicked the game winner with a torn hammy
      When he hit the upright in the ATL, I couldn't believe how loud the noise was. I'm assuming the first couple of scores will be field goals. It will be a good early test of Akers' nerves.
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      The predictions were not nearly as good as last year. At least I can use the UnFlaccable headline.

      40. Mostly false. Three receivers caught a touchdown pass, but Boldin was the first to do so.
      41. Nope. 302 (gross yards)-182.
      42. True. But he would have without an iffy penalty.
      43. Nope. Willis led Bowman by one 10-9. Lewis had 7.
      44. True. And then allowed one later.
      45. No and NO. Rice 59-33. Rice had 4 while Boldin led the team with 6.
      46. Nope, including Delanie Walker, Niners had 9 catches from TEs while the Ravens had 6.
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      Also, a worse year for the Council, finishing with 170 correct guesses, down 13 from last season.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Rich Gapinski View Post
      Also, a worse year for the Council, finishing with 170 correct guesses, down 13 from last season.
      Is this the 3rd year of the council?

      I wonder if anyone has the complete record (inc. playoffs) from all three years?