Super Bowl 2013: Historical Impact of Epic Title Tilt in New Orleans

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 20:  Wide receiver Randy Moss #84 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on while taking on the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Player and team legacies are on the line in Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, likely news to many of the players.

There's much more to this matchup than merely brother versus brother.

Both teams will put their undefeated Super Bowl records in play at the Superdome. In addition, multiple players look to end their football lives with a bang, while others yearn for their first title as a stepping stone in their career progression.

All in all, Ravens versus 49ers will have a significant impact on the NFL history books. Three historic resumes, above all else, stand out in this championship clash.


49ers' Super Bowl Record

When it comes to championship excellence in the NFL, no one can dispute the Super Bowl brilliance of the San Francisco 49ers.

While the Steelers, Packers or Cowboys may be more recognizable for their winning tradition since the NFL merger, no team has been better under the title-game microscope than the Niners. That's just pure fact.

Bill Walsh and "Joe Cool" cruised to a 4-0 record in Super Bowl play, with Steve Young adding one more in the 90s to give them a perfect resume in "The Big Game."

They are the only NFL team to have a perfect record in multiple Super Bowls. That legacy is on the shoulders of Colin Kaepernick and company to continue.


Randy Moss Getting a Ring and Changing His Hall of Fame Perception

Prior to the 2012-13 season, Randy Moss' legacy features a story of talent and a tailspin.

He will be initially remembered for his go-routes, his barrage of touchdowns and earning his "straight cash homie" with Minnesota and New England.

But then there's Moss' last couple of years in the league. His unwillingness to sacrifice for the team and letting his lack of effort usher him out of the NFL in a year's time.

Not to mention being jettisoned to two different teams in one season, a startling episode for a future Hall of Famer.

All of that negative energy toward Moss can be thrown out the window with a Niners Super Bowl win. He has been a consummate team player this season, and a win over Baltimore will dispel all notions that he has been a "team cancer" throughout his career.


Ray Lewis Going Out on Top

It will be one of the most overplayed storylines of Super Bowl season, but not many Hall of Famers get a chance to hoist the trophy during their last moment on the field like Lewis can on Feb. 3.

Jerome Bettis and John Elway (2x) were able to close the book on their careers with a resounding finish. Certainly NFL fans remember them in a much more positive light than others who failed to get a storybook ending.

ESPN's Numbers Never Lie tells all that Lewis has already set history in his final season:

Ray Lewis will be the 3rd player to go 12+ seasons between Super Bowl appearances--but could be 1st to go that long & WIN both.

— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) January 22, 2013

Lewis has made it to the big stage, which he will exclaim is a great honor to have already. But he can go earn a win and cement his place amongst defensive generals with multi-championship resumes.

The football legends on that list are few and far between.


Mike Shiekman is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Chat with him about NFL history on Twitter.