We asked the writers at Scout.com / FOXSportsNEXT.com to weigh in with their picks for the big game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
Here's what they predicted will happen.
Jon Scott, PatriotsInsider.com
The Ravens' improbable run to the top ends in New Orleans as they face
the toughest defense they've faced in the postseason. Ray Lewis rides
off in the sunset without that final crown.
San Francisco 27 - Baltimore 23
Kevin Saleeba, Patriots
I think the wild ride the Ravens have been on ends with a blow-out
loss. I just think the San Fran's defense will smother Joe Flacco and
the Ravens offense. I also think Colin
Kaepernick will torch the slow
and old Ravens defense with his legs, which will open up big plays down
the field for Michael
San Francisco 38 – Baltimore 10
Alain Poupart, Dolphin
The Ravens deserve credit for their improbable Super Bowl run, but the
reality is they should have lost at Denver. Their luck is going to run
out against a San Francisco team, whose offense has become as dangerous
as their defense thanks to the added dimension that QB Colin Kaepernick
San Francisco 27, Baltimore 16
Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.net
I'm going with the Baltimore Ravens and the sickest people in America
-- aside from Steelers fans -- will be Peyton Manning and
They not only let one slip away, they gave the Ravens all the mojo.
Baltimore 24 San Francisco 20
Dave Kolonich, Orange
& Brown Report
The game billed as a physical slugfest turns into a shoot out and the
49ers escape New Orleans with a 38-34 win. A thousand fake Ray Lewis
tears aren't enough to overcome the 49ers dynamic attack.
San Francisco 38 – Baltimore 34
Don Delco, TheOBR.com
If God truly is guiding the Ravens to this Super Bowl run like Ray
Lewis would tell any TV camera shoved in his face, no way the 49ers to
lose. Why? As most Browns fans will tell you, God is a Steelers fan.
It's the only plausible explanation for years of winning football in
Pittsburgh juxtaposed to the amount of losing and bad luck in
Cleveland. Plus, Steelers and Browns fans both hate the Ravens.
San Francisco 31 – Baltimore 23
Tim Yotter, Viking
All season, there hasn't been a more consistent team, and therefore
better team, than the San Francisco 49ers and it doesn't stop now. They
only got more dangerous when Colin Kaepernick became the starter and he
will be the difference in a 30-24 49ers win.
San Francisco 30 – Baltimore 24
Bill Huber, Packer
If I'm Jim Harbaugh - and I'm not nearly cocky or condescending enough
to be the Niners' coach - I'd run the read option all day at Lewis. Can
Lewis use his years of smarts and uncanny instincts to stop the play,
or is Colin Kaepernick too deft with the ball and too fast to get
around the corner? Plus, the 49ers' defense is too fast and too tough.
Look out, San Francisco: Harbaugh's head is about to explode.
San Francisco 31 – Baltimore 17
Rick Laughland, GreenandWhiteReport.com
Joe Flacco will out-duel Colin Kaepernick on football's biggest stage
as Baltimore's high-flying aerial attack will prove too much for Jim
Harbaugh's secondary to handle. Flacco's powerful arm will carry the
day while Ray Lewis' legendary 17-year NFL career will conclude on a
high-note with No. 52 hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
Baltimore 30 – San Francisco 24
Michael Lombardo, SDBoltReport.com
Forget Colin Kaepernick, Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, Randy Moss and all
other big names that have hogged headlines this week. The X-factor will
be Anquan Boldin -- this big stage is his to steal.
Baltimore 31 – San Francisco 20
Brad Wilbricht, AZRedReport.com
A late Joe Flacco interception sets up Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers'
offense for the go ahead score. Vernon Davis grabs the game winning
touchdown and takes home MVP honors.
San Francisco 27 Baltimore 23
Charlie Bernstein, Jagnation.com
The San Francisco 49ers, the team of the 1980's, will get a head start
on claiming the crown of team of the teens as they ruin the story of
Jesus's team of destiny. Colin Kaepernick rebounds after a shaky start
to lead the Niners to a 28-23 victory.
San Francisco 28 - Baltimore 23
Craig Massei, NinersDigest.com
The Ravens have momentum and intangibles on their side, but
it's simply not going to be enough. Everywhere Baltimore is strong, so
are the 49ers, and the superior team will prevail in what should be an
entertaining game. While I believe the Ravens will hang for a while,
they can't match up with the 49ers for four quarters, and I don't
believe the final score will be as close as some expect. The difference
will be a churning ground game and diverse offense the Ravens won't be
able to stop enough to win.
San Francisco 29, Baltimore 20