Super Bowl XLVII Predictions

The / FOX Sports NEXT staffers have weighed in with their picks for Super Bowl XLVII. Here's what they think...

We asked the writers at / 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,
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 Insider
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 Crabtree.
San Francisco 38 – Baltimore 10

Alain Poupart, Dolphin Digest

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 has brought.
San Francisco 27, Baltimore 16

Jim Wexell,
I'm going with the Baltimore Ravens and the sickest people in America -- aside from Steelers fans -- will be Peyton Manning and Rahim Moore. 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,
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 Update
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 Report
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,

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,

Forget Colin Kaepernick, Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, Randy Moss and all the 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,

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,

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,
 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

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