Each year since 1966, the Super Bowl has been played to determine the best American football team. Between 1966 and 1969, the game was played between the champions of the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL). Since the 1970 NFL merger, the game has been played between the champions of the AFC and the NFC. What can we expect from the Super Bowl this year? With all the hype surrounding the big game this year be sure to check out the Super Bowl 47 Odds here.
Expect The Game To Feature Two Physical Defenses
The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers both feature physical defenses. Ray Lewis of the Ravens and Patrick Willis of the 49ers are two of the best linebackers in the game today. Both teams also feature several top notch defensive backs. Aldon Smith of the 49ers is among the best in the game at pressuring the quarterback while Haloti Ngata is a force in the middle of the Ravens defense.
You Will Hear The Name Harbaugh A Lot
Jim Harbaugh is the coach of San Francisco 49ers while John Harbaugh is the coach of the Baltimore Ravens. This will be the first Super Bowl where the two teams are coached by a pair of brothers. As a result, some in the media are dubbing this the “Harbowl.” However, these are both great coaches who are known for more than just being brothers. Jim Harbaugh played in the NFL as a quarterback before becoming a coach while John has been successful in many coaching stints prior to becoming the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens.
Joe Flacco Is Playing For More Money
Joe Flacco is an unrestricted free agent heading into next season. If he leads the Ravens to a Super Bowl title, he will assuredly command more money on the open market. An interesting side note to this line of thought is that Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome has said that this is not the case. This means that either Baltimore has the parameters of a deal in place with Flacco already or Baltimore doesn’t understand how much Super Bowl winning quarterbacks are paid in this league.
Vernon Davis Says He Will Be A Factor
San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis says that he is going to be a big factor in this game. However, it may not have anything to do with his pass catching skills. Instead, he says that he has matured over the past few years and realizes that a win is more important than his statistics. Expect his improved blocking ability to pave the way for the Niners to run the ball a lot with Frank Gore if they are struggling to get the passing game going.
Both Quarterbacks Could Go Over 300 Total Yards
Joe Flacco is great at throwing the ball down the field against any defense. Colin Kaepernick is a great runner as well as passer. Therefore, Flacco could easily throw for over 300 yards while Kaepernick throws for 200 and runs for another 100 yards. Keep in mind that Kaepernick became the first quarterback in FBS history to throw for over 10,000 yards and rush for 4,000 in his career. It is also important to note that he ran for 181 yards against the Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Ray Lewis Is Retiring
In case you weren’t aware, Ray Lewis is retiring after this game. You may also hear about another story related to Lewis that occurred back in 2000. A week before the Super Bowl against the New York Giants, Lewis was allegedly involved in a double murder. While he was never found guilty of murder, he did agree to a plea deal that saw him plead guilty to obstruction of justice. No one has even been convicted for the murders that took place in 2000.
The Super Bowl is always a game that everyone tunes into. There are going to be many great stories to look forward to as well as some big hits and other amazing plays on game day. The winning team will go down in history as champions and the losing team will have to spend another year chasing their dream of one day wearing a Super Bowl ring.