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Topic: Super Bowl 47 Prediction
Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 02/03/13 14:08
I really hate it when I realize I forgot something.

Like I forgot to make an official Super Bowl pick here in my blog before now. Been on TV and radio with it, and between that and some other stuff I've been working on (like the 2013 NFL free agents list, and getting a couple of my top 10 2013 fantasy football rankings in), I just totally forgot. So with little chance of anyone seeing it before the game later today, here are my thoughts:

It's going to be a close game between two pretty evenly matched teams. Colin Kaepernick has been outstanding in his poise during the playoffs. First he brushes off a first quarter pick 6 against Green Bay to proceed to run all over the Packers. Then he comes back the next week from a 17-0 deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons. And of course, it's not like he did it all himself, but he led the 49ers to those wins. What also was telling was that in those two games, the 49ers defense was being beaten up in the first half, only to become very stingy in the second half. Half time adjustments are something the 49ers do very well.

It's also something the Ravens do very well as well. They shut out the Patriots in New England in the second half of the AFC Championship game, and allowed only 1 offensive TD to the Broncos in the second half the week before. Joe Flacco has been pretty flawless in the postseason tossing 8 TD's and ZERO interceptions thru 3 games. His completion percentage is still below what the top QB's usually have, but that's the only knock you can put on him. The biggest surprise is that RB Bernard Pierce has averaged 6.3 yards per rush attempt while Ray Rice is only averaging 3.9. Pierce has been extremely effective as the change of pace to Rice.

I can see either team winning; I really believe it is that close. And while the 49ers have shown resiliency I wonder if they can overcome what has looked like a team of destiny since Baltimore defeated Denver.

I think destiny wins out here and Ray Lewis gets to ride off into the NFL's sunset with a second Super Bowl championship. Joe Flacco will be the MVP and the final score will be:

Baltimore 27, San Francisco 24

On any given Sunday any fantasy team can beat another, only to still lose Monday night.
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Post Date: 02/03/13 22:38
Good pick Russ! and the MVP pick as well, you nailed it. I am glad the Niners came around in the end to make it a game. Tough call on the no call holding at the end, it could of gone either way. I personally think it was interference, but some times you get it sometimes you don't.

The one call I thought that was really missed was the holding in the endzone on that safety. I would have to go back and look at who it was but somebody literally had their arms wrapped around the guy from behind, allowing them burn away precious time. Probably wouldn't have mattered, but could of made the difference to at least get a hillmary pass in there.
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