Picking the game

Published: Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2X
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 - 1:46 pm

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.

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