49ers Over the Ravens
Now, with both teams preparing to take the field in a few hours, I’m sticking with my preseason prediction of picking the 49ers to win the game today.
The Ravens have played incredibly inspired football during this playoff run and I expect them to play strong in the first half today. However, I think the 49ers are the more talented team and I think their physical style of play will wear down the Ravens over the course of the game.
Ray Lewis and the rest of the defense has played well over the past three games, but they haven’t faced a team that is committed to pounding the ball with a power running attack. The offensive line of the 49ers and with the physicality of Frank Gore and threat of Colin Kaepernick will make Jim Harbaugh’s team too difficult to stop.
And even though he’s been great in the playoffs, I’m still not convinced Joe Flacco can play well enough to lead his team to a championship. It wouldn’t surprise me if Flacco threw a couple interceptions in today’s game against a very talented secondary from San Francisco.
At the end of the day, I think the Lombardi Trophy will be returning to San Francisco.