By Troy Jefferson
Every Super Bowl has it’s fair share of storylines but Super Bowl XLVII may have more than any in NFL history. Let’s take a look at some of the big ones going into tomorrow’s game.
Both coaches lost last year in the Conference Championship round, but this year brothers Jim and John Harbaugh will coach against each other in the 47th Super Bowl. The younger of the two, Jim Harbaugh was hired in 2011 by the San Francisco 49ers and has a 27-8-1 career record. John Harbaugh was hired in 2008 by the Baltimore Ravens and has a 62-30 career record. Jim faced his older brother on Thanksgiving last year and lost 16-6.
Ray Lewis’ “Last Ride”
Win or lose, Sunday will be Ray Lewis’ last game in the NFL. The 37-year old linebacker announced before the playoffs that he would not return to football after the season was over. Spurred on by Lewis’ emotion, Baltimore has won their last three games and has a chance to win their second franchise Super Bowl.
Is Joe Flacco elite?
Quarterbacks are judged by their Super Bowl rings and how well they perform in the Super Bowl. Flacco is in his fifth season and can join the NFL’s elite with a win tomorrow. But if you ask me the Raven’s quarterback is already playing at an elite level, “Cool Joe” has thrown eight touchdowns and zero interceptions this postseason.
The read option game has become more and more popular in the NFL. Colin Kaepernick has been as good as anyone running the option plays this year. The San Francisco quarterback has been deadly in the postseason, rushing for 202 yards, passing for 496 yards, and scoring five touchdowns. How the Ravens defend the dual threat quarterback will decide the game.
Win one for Randy
Randy Moss proclaimed himself “ the greatest receiver of all time.” The 14-year veteran retired after the 2010 season but decided to come back to the 49ers this year in hopes of winning a championship. The future hall of famer has more than 15,000 receiving yards, 155 touchdowns, and 900 plus receptions. A Super Bowl ring would put the icing on the cake for the 7-time Pro Bowler’s career.