The distractions are finally being set aside and the football teams are hours away from heading out of the tunnel and onto the turf, and the San Franscisco 49ers are finally set to execute these keys that will help them earn victory in Super Bowl XLVII.
The Baltimore Ravens are prepared to take home their second championship of this millennium, but San Francisco is undefeated in Super Bowls and can win if they do certain things right.
So many different players, coaching packages and momentum swings go into a game of this magnitude, and the 49ers will need to excel on all three platforms in order to win Sunday night.
Let's take a look at the biggest keys to a 49ers victory and their hoisting of the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLVII.
Colin Kaepernick Must Get Better as Game Progresses
It's inevitable that the jitters are getting to Colin Kaepernick. Even the most clutch and chilled-out players would get affected by this stage.
Fortunately for Kaepernick, he has one of the NFL's best defenses to support him and ensure that his team remains in the game even if he doesn't start off well.
His team's NFC Championship performance will help him to remain calm. Despite going down 10-0 early in the first quarter and trailing by as many as 17, the 49ers were able to battle back as Kaepernick began finding his game.
Against a stingy Ravens defense, he could struggle early on, and that's fine. What's important is how he comes out after his first few drives and if he can find success by adjusting to the defense.
If Kaepernick can get better throughout the game and excel in the second half, the 49ers should have a path paved to victory.
Secondary Must Stop Big-Play Joe Flacco
If it weren't for the big-play ability of Joe Flacco, the Ravens' playoff run would've ended long, long ago.
Instead, Baltimore is in the Super Bowl with a quarterback who hasn't thrown a pick this postseason. That's a long way away from where his critics expected him to be.
He's built incredible chemistry with Torrey Smith, and the two have combined for many big plays so far this postseason.
But they rarely go against a secondary of San Francisco's ability, and the 49ers safeties have the potential to pick Flacco off numerous times if they're on their game.
Flacco is a containable quarterback, and the 49ers will have to make that point on the sports world's biggest stage Sunday night.
Let Frank Gore Run Wild
One of the most underrated contributors to San Francisco's Super Bowl run has been Frank Gore, and that will continue to ring true Sunday.
That is, if they give him the ball.
Even if the 49ers go down early, they must continue to stress the run game and allow Gore to run between the tackles. He's been dominant in the postseason and has a knack for finding the end zone.
With two touchdowns in the NFC Championship, Gore is hot, and they need to feed the beast even more in the Super Bowl.
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