Well, let me just say that I'm glad we're both pulling for the 9ers. I know the Ravens are the AFC representative, but I just can't get behind Lewis. Great football player, just never liked the guy...<quoted text>
ha ha... Hadn't heard that one yet.
Want to hear some irony? Brady and Randy Moss were my favorite tandem, and nothing has been the same since.(I didn't understand the Chad Johnson hire, and they very rarely used Stallworth) The irony is that Randy is with the 9ers now, and has a shot at the SB. Go 49ers. Do you think Kaepernick can perform a large task like this one?
The 9ers look like the team to beat. The defense is playing at a high level, and any deficiencies they have seem to be covered by an unstoppable offense. If Kaepernick continues his meteoric development, this team is a couple of years away from reaching the heights of those great '80s and '90s SF teams. They haven't reached that level yet, but I think they bring more than enough to the table to beat Baltimore.
The Ravens are a team running on adrenaline, and it's hard to believe there's much left in the tank. QB Flacco is adequate, but it's hard to think of him at the same level as a Brady, Manning, or Rodgers. For the Ravens to win he will have to play at a VERY high level and carry the team. That means he will need to complete well over half his passes, and not give up any turnovers. I think he CAN do that, but will he?
My prediction - SF clamps down on the Raven WRs leaving the burden of the offense on RB Rice's shoulders. The SF defense will make life very difficult for him. SF's Kaepernick will have a good (not great) game, and Davis, Crabtree, and Gore will carve up the Ravens defense.