The 49ers definitely have the advantage when it comes to personnel. Offensively they have tremendous talent at each and every position. Second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick has taken the offense to another level with his ability to make quick reads before and after the ball is snapped.
He’s been very accurate with his throws and he can beat you with his arm or with his legs. On top of that the Niners are a run first team which is able to put the ball on the ground and grind a defense to a pulp. The combination of their big, physical offensive line and tremendous talented skill position players make them capable of putting 40 or 50 points on the scoreboard.
On the other hand, the Baltimore Ravens defense has shown us that they can confuse the most experienced and intelligent of quarterbacks. It makes me think they might be able to get into Kaepernick’s head before the game is over.
If they’re able to run the ball effectively against the Ravens, the guys from Baltimore are in trouble. The same is true when the 49ers defense is on the field. They must stop the Ravens running attack, or they’ll be vulnerable to the passing game.
When the Ravens have the football, they will need to rely on the arm of quarterback Joe Flacco. Like San Francisco, Baltimore is a run first team which will hand the football off to Ray Rice and Temple product Bernard Pierce.
Flacco will be taking shots downfield because he’s one of the best deep throwers in the league and the Niners were savaged by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones in the NFC Championship game. He has some receivers who can get deep, so Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones will get opportunities to make some big plays.
He’ll be looking for Anquan Boldin, on third downs and when they get in the red zone.
I think both teams will be able to move the football, but it will be turnovers and the plays in the red zone, which make the difference.
Baltimore has had more experience i close games. Flacco has played some great football with games on the line. Still Kaepernick the Niners had no problem coming back from a 17-0 deficit against the Falcons.
I expect a great game. My experience says the Ravens will have an answer for slowing down Kaepernick, but the kid has been on a serious roll. This one is a toss-up.
I say the Ravens savvy experience over the 49ers talent in a close one.