A prediction sampler for today's Super Bowl between the 49ers and the Ravens:
49ERS 20, RAVENS 18
Matthew Barrows, The Bee
I'm quite confident Harbaugh will hoist the Lombardi Trophy at game's end. I'm slightly less confident his name is Jim.
49ERS 27, RAVENS 24
Ailene Voisin, The Bee
Until a team solves the Colin Kaepernick Factor, I'm sticking with the 49ers. Too many options. Too good of a defense. Too much momentum.
49ERS 24, RAVENS 23
Matt Kawahara, The Bee
David Akers gets a shot at redemption and delivers. Akers' late field goal pushes the 49ers over the top as the Ravens can't deliver the kind of physical punishment they did in HarBowl I. The 49ers' offensive line is stronger, the quarterback more elusive.
49ERS 23, RAVENS 17
Joe Davidson, The Bee
Joe Montana was 25 in 1982 when the 49ers reached their first Super Bowl the same age as Kaepernick. Kap will have some of that Joe Cool today, and Akers makes a difference in a defensive slugfest.
49ERS 31, RAVENS 28
Tom Couzens, The Bee
After Kaepernick and Joe Flacco trade touchdowns throughout the game, Akers makes a 52-yard attempt as time runs out to give the 49ers their sixth Super Bowl win in six attempts.
49ERS 17, RAVENS 14
Victor Contreras, The Bee
At the end of a defensive battle, Akers lines up for the game-winning field-goal attempt with seconds left. The result either triggers euphoria throughout Northern California or a flood of 911 calls from cardiac victims.
49ERS 27, RAVENS 17
Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News
The 49ers' edge is on both sides of the line and when you add in Kaepernick on the big stage, that should push this to a double-digit game.
49ERS 31, RAVENS 17
Cam Inman, San Jose Mercury News
Forget all of that talk about a close, physical, run-oriented game. The 49ers are more talented across the board, and their offense is way more versatile than it was in a 16-6 loss in Baltimore last season.
RAVENS 27, 49ERS 20
Kevin Cowherd, Baltimore Sun
The Ravens have their swagger back. Flacco has been superb, the offensive line is jelling and the defense is punishing people like the old days. Ray Lewis should win his "last ride."
RAVENS 30, 49ERS 28
Mike Silver, Yahoo Sports
I'm done fighting my instincts: This is the Ravens' year. This team has a uniquely defiant will to overcome any and all obstacles, collectively, and Baltimore will find a way on Super Sunday.
49ERS 25, RAVENS 23 (OT)
Mike Wise, Washington Post
Patrick Willis sacks Flacco in the end zone to end the game, proving who the most dominant linebacker that wears No. 52 is.