XLVII: A long journey to the Big Easy

XLVII: A long journey to the Big Easy

In a trying NFL season, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will play for the big prize
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Richard Anderson, the Kinfolks Brass Band and the city of New Orleans are hosting their 10th Super Bowl today when the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers play for the Lombardi Trophy. The 49ers will be playing for their sixth Super Bowl championship, which would tie for the NFL best.
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Ray Lewis will don the face paint, put on his No. 52 for the final time, then see if he can replicate his NFL championship of a dozen years ago. “You can never top the first one because that’s an unknown feeling,” Lewis said before adding with a chuckle, eyes widening, “but a second one – that might be the only way you really can top it.”
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Frank Gore, the San Francisco 49ers’ career rushing leader, averaged 4.7 yards per carry and rushed for 1,214 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He’s averaging 4.8 yards per carry and has rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns this postseason. He’ll try to lead the 49ers to their first championship in 18 years.
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The maligned San Francisco 49ers’ secondary will have to keep their eyes on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, a home-run hitter when it comes to deep balls, something the 49ers’ defensive backfield has been susceptible to lately.
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has stretched the playbook to include the pistol. His big arm and long legs have stretched opposing defenses, too.
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