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Writers, local football coaches, players make Super Bowl predictions

Super Bowl: Sports writers, local coaches and players make their picks.

January 26, 2013|By News-Press Sports Staff

Though those in the NFL with local ties have long ago wrapped up their respective seasons, much like the rest of the world, the impending Super Bowl is still drawing plenty of interest in Glendale, La Crescenta, La Cañada Flintridge and beyond.

Within the coming week of build-up, myriad story lines will receive even more press as kickoff for Super Bowl XLVII between the favored San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in New Orleans approaches.

Rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick, with his strong arm and fleet feet, has captured headlines and victories after becoming the 49ers’ starter down the stretch. But the Frank Gore-led running game and the tenacious defense centered by all-world linebacker Patrick Willis have made the NFC West champions contenders all season.

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The AFC North-champion Ravens have upset the top two AFC seeds on the road, as future NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, who has announced his pending retirement, has captivated his teammates and nostalgic fans. Running back Ray Rice, having emerged as one of the best at his position, and quarterback Joe Flacco have breathed life into a once overlooked offense.

And of course there’s the two men manning the sidelines, as Baltimore Coach John Harbaugh and San Francisco Coach Jim Harbaugh are set to match wits in a brotherly battle for the prestigious Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Will the 49ers win the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl behind a fiery coach and a rookie signal-caller? Will the underdog Ravens bestow one of the greatest middle linebackers of all-time a fitting send-off?

The Glendale News-Press staff, along with local football coaches and players offer their predications.

Grant Gordon, Glendale News-Press Sports Editor: “Overall, the San Francisco 49ers are a better team. They have a phenomenal defense and a grind-it-out offense that can also make the big play. Thus, my head tells me the 49ers will win, but for some reason, my gut tells me the Baltimore Ravens. So, behind a Super Bowl MVP performance from Ray Rice and some costly turnovers from Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the Ravens beat the 49ers, 31-24.”

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