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Super Bowl Start Time 2013: Bold Predictions for Epic Game

(FILE PHOTO) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens (L) and his brother Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers. Jim and John Harbaugh will become the first brothers to face each other as coaches in the Super Bowl. ***LEFT IMAGE*** LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 09:  Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the sidelines during the first half of the Ravens 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)  ***RIGHT IMAGE*** SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers gestures during the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2013

Amidst all the hype surrounding the Super Bowl is the actual game, and you may actually want to watch the opening and closing act for Beyonce's halftime show. So I am here to help you with that. 

Here are all the vitals of when and were to catch the Baltimore Ravens do battle with the San Francisco 49ers for the right to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. 

 

Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

When: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Live Stream: CBSSports.com 

Listen: Sirius XM Radio: 88

 

Bold Predictions 

49ers Will Stuff Ravens' Ground Game

This is going to be a fun matchup to watch. Whatever happens, the Ravens are going to find it hard to run against the Niners' fourth-ranked rush defense. The real question is will the Ravens then abandon the run game. 

I believe a big part of the reason Jim Cladwell is the offensive coordinator is due to Cam Cameron odd penchant to abandon the run game. Will Caldwell do the same thing on the biggest stage?

Caldwell has been calling the plays for the last six Ravens games. After the first of those six, Baltimore has rushed for at least 121 yards in each game. They only pulled that off five times in the first 13 of the season. 

Well since Week 10, the 49ers have allowed a team to cross the 100-yard mark in rushing just twice. 

Baltimore is going to struggle to make much happen on the ground in this one, and we'll see if it leads to them giving up on running the ball.

 

Anquan Boldin Will Excel

The 49ers have a viscous front seven, but the corners leave something to be desired. 

Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown and Chris Culliver form a physical group that is at its best when keeping receivers from quickly opening space. However, once a quarterback gets a little time, problems arise. 

This is where Boldin comes in. At 6'1", 220 pounds, Boldin has no problem playing physical. He also has a great feel for finding open spots in defenses. Boldin will make himself available for quarterback Joe Flacco

Also, Boldin is a proven big-game player. He has 16 catches for 276 yards and three touchdowns this postseason. In his previous Super Bowl with the Arizona Cardinals, he snagged eight catches for 84 yards. 

Last week, the Falcons Julio Jones and Roddy White combined for 18 catches, 282 yards and two touchdowns. I expect Boldin and Torrey Smith to not catch those numbers, but land in the ballpark with Boldin putting up the better numbers of the two.

 

Joe Flacco Will Be MVP

This game is going to come down to the wire with the Ravens winning, 31-27.

Joe Flacco will do what Joe Flacco does: perform in the playoffs. This postseason, Flacco has thrown for eight touchdowns and no interceptions, and in his last seven playoff games, he has 15 touchdowns and two interceptions.

The 49ers have had a hard time getting to the quarterback and Flacco will pick them apart with time to scan the field. 

He will throw for 324 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. 

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