Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers
Tip-off: Sunday, February 3, 2013 – 6:30 PM ET
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Getting their teams ready for Super Bowl XLVII might be easier for brothers John and Jim Harbaugh than having to deal with the fact that they’re the the first brothers to coach against one another on the NFL’s game of the year.
Both are set on trying to take home the Lombardi Trophy, Jim’s San Francisco 49ers want to make their YouWager fans happy with a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title Sunday in New Orleans when they face John’s Baltimore Ravens, who would like to send one Ray Lewis off to retirement in style.
Moments after the Ravens 28-13 victory versus the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Jan. 20, the game began to get nicknames like ‘The Brother Bowl’ among others.
However, for the Harbaugh brothers, at least publicly, it’s just another game.
Baltimore (13-6) is here for the first time since they ended the 2000 season with a 34-7 rout of the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, their first championship.
Future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis was MVP of that game and this time around he can try to win the award again in his last contest before retiring after a stellar 17-year career with the Ravens.
Nevertheless, as with his last appearance in the Super Bowl controversy has surrounded Lewis, albeit on a significantly lower level.
When the 37 year-old player hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in January 2001, it was almost a year since his involvement in the stabbing deaths of two people outside an Atlanta nightclub hours after St. Louis Rams’ Super Bowl victory over the Tennessee Titans at the Georgia Dome.
The trial made headlines for a good portion of 2000 before the star player led Baltimore on their championship run that fall. The homicides were never solved.
In the 49ers 45-31 divisional-round victory over the Packers on Jan. 12, he threw for 263 yards with two TDs and set an NFL playoff rushing record for a quarterback with 181 and two scores.
San Francisco has averaged 28.6 points in the last nine games with quarterback Colin Kaepernick starting — 4.9 more than the previous nine started by starter Alex Smith. YouWager experts consider Kaepernick’s many positive aspects have brought a new dimension to the team’s offense as his ability to scramble also give him time to employ his powerful and accurate right arm.
The Ravens are 4-2 with quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell running the offense, and Joe Flacco has thrown 10 TDs and no INTs while posting a 111.5 passer rating to lead his team to wins in four of the last five.
The first quarterback to win a NFL playoff game in each of his first five seasons, Flacco has won an NFL-record six playoff road contests. The 28 year-old’s thrown eight touchdowns while beating Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady this postseason.