The Conference Title games are in the books. We now know who will be facing who in Super Bowl XLVII.
The Baltimore Ravens of the AFC will battle the San Francisco 49ers of the NFC.
Let’s take a look at the X-factors in this intriguing matchup between the two teams.
First, the Baltimore Ravens.
1. Ray Lewis
It is well known that Ray Lewis will be retiring after the season is over. What better way to end his career by winning it all? His teammates have rallied around him this postseason, and the Ravens have played with the heart of a team that really, truly wants it. If the Ravens are to win this game, it may be solely because of this one man.
2. Joe Flacco
The man has his critics. However, he also has his admirers. Flacco showed true leadership in his command of the offense against the New England Patriots, as he has done throughout the playoffs this year. He has played very well on the road, and his experience in pressure situations will come in handy against a fast, strong 49ers defense.
3. Torrey Smith
Through the playoffs this year, Flacco has had one thing every offense must have to be successful on the next level. A deep threat. And that’s where Smith comes in. He has developed in leaps and bounds the last two years, having become a danger to defenses with not only his speed, but his ability to catch on the run, with coverage. Expect him to be targeted at least a few times over the top against the San Francisco secondary.
Now, what about the San Francisco 49ers?