Punt, Pass and Pick: Super Bowl Edition
Super Bowl Sunday is almost here. And this year it’s especially important for Baltimorians. It’s the Harbowl, featuring brothers Jim and John Harbaugh coaching against each other. In one last final blowout, The Towerlight staff is here to predict the winner of Super Bowl XLVII.
Jonathan Munshaw, News Editor: If you’d refer to the opinion section of this issue, then you should know that I really dislike the Baltimore Ravens.
All hate for Ray Lewis aside, I still think Baltimore is going to lose this game.
Colin Kaepernick is an absolute beast, and I think between he and running back Frank Gore, the 49ers could quickly drop over 250 rushing yards on the Ravens.
Michael Crabtree is also on an upswing right now, and will likely catch a touchdown and have 100 receiving yards.
Baltimore fans will probably say “yeah but Ray Lewis and Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs ‘gonna get dis game fo Ray Ray.”
No, no they aren’t.
The defense is old, and Kaepernick and the 49ers’ defense is young. Good game.
49ers 32, Ravens 20
Tyler Beard, Staff Writer: This is a great matchup with two teams that have undefeated records in their Super Bowl histories.
Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick have become overnight stars and are clearly two of the top quarterbacks of the future. Both have put up amazing numbers in the playoffs, especially Flacco, who has thrown eight touchdowns and no interceptions.
The key to this game will be which defense can rattle one of these quarterbacks first. The Ravens’ defense has done a great job all playoffs by not giving a touchdown to the Colts and holding the Patriots to a scoreless second half. The 49ers’ defense has also done well, by putting up great second half performances in their two playoff games.
When all is said and done, the Ravens will come out on top because they are on one of the hottest streaks the NFL has ever seen. They were able to take down future hall of famers Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Ray Lewis’ last ride has inspired this team to achieve greatness and you can count on Ray going out on top to end his career.
Ravens 30, 49ers 17
Matt Hamilton, Staff Writer: When Joe Flacco defeated Peyton Manning and Thomas Brady back-to-back, both away, and in the playoffs, I figured I must have been dreaming. Then, I woke up with no voice and engulfed in Ravens attire and it sunk in. MY TEAM IS IN THE SUPER BOWL.
With that said, there is no guarantee that two weeks or dawning Ravens gear will give them any more luck in this game.
Is the good luck jar empty?
That remains to be seen. I’ve heard this Kaepernick guy is God on the football field, or so ESPN says for 58 minutes of its broadcast, the other two minutes devoted to Ravens coverage.
Yes, they run the “pistol offense,” but if I’m correct, the 49ers have lost two games under Colin Kaepernick.
Also, it’s worth noting that this is Ray Lewis’s last game ever. I know, I’m sorry to break the news to you. I just have this feeling, deep down that it is just our year to win. Tell me if you’ve heard these titles before: Fourth and 29, Rocky Mountain Rainbow, Ray’s Last Dance. I am biased, but I’ve waited 12 years for this day. The boys in black and purple won’t let me down.
Ravens 31, 49ers 27
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Editor-in-Chief: Typically my football predictions favor whichever team’s colors or mascot I prefer. However, I am a dedicated Baltimoron and the Ravens have battled through a rough season to attain a Super Bowl spot, I will use my admittedly limited knowledge of the sport and make an educated guess.
The Ravens will win. Despite Ray Lewis’s career coming to a close, he has demonstrated a consistently fantastic performance, despite his torn triceps. He overcame the injury and helped the Ravens to their victory over the Colts, a remarkable turnaround. Flacco has also redeemed himself from his earlier slip-ups in the season, beating Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. The Ravens have not lost a game this season when Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis have played at the same time. A winning trifecta.
Ravens 32, 49ers 21
Shamus: As done last semester, I will be picking these teams solely based on what Pokémon they remind me of. Because really, what better scoring system is there? The 49ers will be represented by a Bisharp. I’m not hip to all these new Pokémon, but it looks vaguely like a football player. The Ravens will be represented by Swellow, a fitting call back to Punt, Pass and Pick from last semester.
Apparently Bisharp is a sword blade Pokémon, which I’m pretty sure can annihilate the Pidgeotto clone Swellow. Bisharp is also a dark and steel Pokémon, a huge improvement over the positively boring Normal and Flying Swellow, which has one of the most boring type combinations in the game. Gonna call this one for the 49ers.
49ers 267, Ravens
Kyle Casey, Staff Writer: The Colin Kaepernick-lead read option for the San Francisco 49ers has taken the NFL by storm over the past month. A backfield with two running threats combined with a stout offensive line could spell trouble for the Baltimore Ravens.
However, the Ravens have had two weeks to prepare for the option offense, and with Baltimore’s defense at its healthiest this season, it will be able to contain Kaepernick and Co.
Sunday’s Super Bowl will come down to whether or not Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco can continue his historic postseason success. The 49ers secondary was exposed against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game and Flacco has showed no signs of slowing down.
The Ravens’ offensive line will need to play a perfect game against an imposing 49ers pass rush, and ultimately Flacco will be able to lead the Ravens to their second Super Bowl victory in franchise history.
Ravens 24, 49ers 17
Ashley Wellington, Contributing Writer: For the first time, this is a Super Bowl I really don’t care who wins. A part of me wants to root against the Ravens for knocking out my Colts in the first round and then beating Peyton Manning in the second, but putting my feelings aside about the Ravens, they are from Baltimore which is good enough for me.
The Ravens have fought hard in their playoff run. They beat two of the best Quarterbacks in the NFL on the road, and with the Ray Lewis retirement emotions in the air, their run could easily lead them to a Super Bowl title.
On the other hand, the 49ers are on a mission of their own. After getting knocked out of playoffs in the NFC Championship game last year, they are looking to win their sixth Super Bowl title in six appearances.
I think the Ravens are going to pull off a victory and make Baltimore a winning city once again with a close win.
Ravens 34, 49ers 33
Jeff McDonough, Contributing Writer: The 2012 Ravens season has been a rollercoaster ride for the ages. Let’s recap all the peaks and valleys. Terrell Suggs goes down in the offseason with an Achilles tear. They start 5-1 anyway, including a dramatic win versus New England.
The Ravens lose four top defensive stars to serious injuries in the same game and Ray Lewis might be done for the season. They get absolutely trounced in Houston the following week. They rebound with four straight wins that saw a 4th and 29 conversion and a gritty win in Pittsburgh. Then a three-game losing streak puts the playoffs in jeopardy, before a beat down of the Giants clinches an AFC North title.
After all that, I entered this postseason battered and almost disinterested until Ray Lewis announced his impending retirement and an attitude of “failure is not an option” was adopted by the team and fans alike.
This is a special team that got healthy at the right time and beat Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning in Denver and Tom Brady in Foxboro. They’re not losing to some kid who couldn’t beat the Rams in two tries this season.
Ravens 27, 49ers 19
Matt Hazlett, Photo Editor: With less than a week before the Super Bowl, recent news of Ray Lewis’s alleged use of deer antler has surfaced. I was not aware that the Raven was a natural predator to deer, but if Ray Lewis can win the hearts of all of Baltimore, I guess he can also break the food chain. Even though the Ravens will have super powers from skittish animals, the 49ers should have an easy time kicking around those annoying Ravens. As long as they can shut down the powerful defense, the Ravens offense is lack-luster at best. I am pulling for the 49ers to come out on top with an exciting win.
49ers 28, Ravens 17
Alena Schwarz, Sports Editor: There are many reasons why I like the Stanley Cup playoffs better than the NFL playoffs. First and foremost being that one bad game typically doesn’t an end a team’s post-season play.
Through a combination of poor coaching decisions and poorly timed injuries, the Redskins were eliminated from the playoffs, and with them, my interest in the rest of the football season. Besides, the day the Redskins lost, hockey came back. One door opened as the other closed. Philosophical, right? But I digress.
With Baltimore and San Francisco battling for a trophy that isn’t anywhere near as cool as the Stanley Cup, there’s really no clearer option of who to choose. The 49ers should win Super Bowl XLVII, if not just because their colors closely resemble Washington’s, but because they’re really good.
49ers 24, Ravens 17