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Ravens Defense vs. 49ers Offense: Who Will Prevail in Super Bowl XLVII?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has gone from experimental-trick-play/emergency quarterback to unstoppable NFL force. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens defense entered the playoffs more fearsome by reputation than performance. Can Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and the Ravens defense stop the suddenly unstoppable second-year do-everything machine? Since being pressed into service during a Week 10 tie with the St. Louis Rams, Kaepernick has led the San Francisco 49ers on a 7-2 run. Using his strong arm, big brain, large frame and fast feet to varying degrees, Kaepernick has beaten defenses in almost every way imaginable during that stretch. 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman has taken a page or 10 from Kaepernick’s college playbook, borrowing retired University of Nevada coach Chris Ault’s pistol formation and zone-read run plays. The results have been devastating. The Ravens finished 12th in scoring defense during the regular season, allowing 21.5 points per game. With a back seven struggling to cover multiple-receiver sets and a pass rush no longer fierce enough to make up for it, how will this defense match up against the new-look Niners offense?

 


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