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Week in Review: Super Bowl 2013: X-Factors In 49ers-Ravens Super Bowl

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Jan 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) tries to escape Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) during the third quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

1. Frank Gore

The man can certainly carry a team on his back. After running for 90 yards and two scores against the Falcons defense, he’ll look to have another solid game against the Ravens. He’s a threat running up the middle with his power, and can even be used as a passing target in the flats or as a safety valve. Either way, he will see plenty of action in the 49ers game plan on Super Bowl Sunday.

2. Colin Kaepernick

The sophomore quarterback has been spectacular in his first starts this year. That includes the two playoff appearances. He can win on offense with both his arm and his legs. He also has an uncanny ability to throw on the run with dead-on accuracy. The read-option became a huge asset for Frank Gore getting the holes in the line that he needed for his scores. Whether Kaepernick runs or not isn’t necessarily the question. It’s the fact that he could run at any given time. He has that ability, and it gets in the minds of the defense quite easily.

3. Vernon Davis

The star 49ers’ tight-end has really been one of the targets that Kaepernick seems to throw to the most. Why is that? He is open, he can catch almost anything, and he knows how to make the plays when he needs to. Davis is a huge threat to have as a receiver, especially when combined with the attention that Moss and Crabtree attract.