Super Bowl XLVII Matchup 2013
Ray Lewis’ last year will remain for one more game into Super Bowl 47, as the Ravens go up against the 49ers. Lewis will be one of the players to look for during the game, as Super Bowl XLVII – Baltimore against San Francisco – brings with it a swarm of awesome matchups.
Here are 5 matchup battles to keep an eye on during Super Bowl XLVII.
No. 1 – Smith and Rogers
This is probably a key matchup for Super Bowl XLVII. Keep an eye on Torrey Smith, as he has become one of the biggest deep threats in the NFL. In his second year in the league, Smith totaled 855 yards and eight TDs on 49 catches. He burned the Denver Broncos in the divisional round of the playoffs, going for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just three receptions.
Carlos Rogers will probably get this job of trying to keep Smith in check. It hasn’t been an easy job for anyone during the postseason, but Rogers will have to try to keep Smith in front of him at all times.
No. 2 – Bowman and Rice
The number 2 Super Bowl XLVII matchup will be NaVorro Bowman trying to keep Ravens running back Ray Rice in check. Bowman has speed but it’s tough to keep up with a back that can run and catch like Rice can.
Rice wrecked opposing defenses by racking up 1621 total yards. During the playoffs, it was 316 yards and a pair of TD in only 3 games.
Bowman is a linebacker who is really fast but it will be fun to watch and see if he can stay up with and contain Rice.
No. 3 – Smith and McKinnie
Playing with an injury, Smith needs the path that will keep the attention of the offensive line of the Ravens —predominantly Bryant McKinnie—on him. When he’s playing healthy, the defense fails to focus on other players – such as Aldon Smith who leads his team in sacks with 19.5 for the season.
If Justin Smith is not able to get an extra blocker besides McKinnie to focus on him, then Aldon Smith also gets locked up, and this gives Flacco lots of pocket time.
No. 4 – Flacco and Goldson
Joe Flacco has only gotten better, so now he wants to lead his Ravens to a victory in Super Bowl XLVII.
But, Flacco has a small problem with interceptions, like 10 this season. During part of the season, he threw 6 in 6 games, but he was fine during the playoffs. He is going to have to deal with Dashon Goldson the ball hawk in the secondary. Goldson leads the 49ers with three interceptions and has 11 pass deflections.
No.5 – Ngata and Staley
Joe Staley may not be blocking Ngata on each play, but someone better because this matchup is all about Haloti Ngata. Ngata is able to rush the backfield on every single play, and that will agitate Colin Kaepernick if Ngata finds the path back there on a basis that is steady.
It’s going to be a Super game! Ravens vs. Cardinals!