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Get ready for Super-baugh XLVII

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Whether you want to call it the Super-baugh, the Harbowl or anything else, get ready for an onslaught of Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh this week.  But while there will be much talk on the sibling rivalry the focus should be on the quarterbacks.

 

Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco were both superb throughout the postseason.  Flacco took his game to a new level with eight touchdowns, no interceptions and back-to-back wins against Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.  Kaepernick shredded the Packers on the ground then beat the Falcons through the air.  But can either one keep going at the current pace?

 

It may appear that Flacco will have the bigger challenge with the 49ers defense however he was flawless against a Denver team that is comparable to San Francisco defensively.  And against the AFC's most takeaway-happy defense Flacco didn't turn the ball over.  But what happens if he throws that first interception of the postseason?  How will Flacco respond?

 

Kaepernick overcame rough starts against both Green Bay and Atlanta.  The youngster was not rattled in the face of a 17-0 deficit on the road against the Falcons.  But in both cases Kaepernick was able to settle in with plenty of time left.  What if he makes a second half mistake?  Will Kaepernick keep his composure with the game on the line?  The Ravens forced a combined five turnovers against Denver and New England after halftime.  That's nothing to sneeze at considering how many times Manning and Brady have played on a big stage.

 

The early thinking is that Super Bowl XLVII will be physical and low-scoring.  But it will be the play of the two quarterbacks that will dictate who will be the champion.

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