In the past couple of years, the team that has gotten hot at the right time has won the Super Bowl. The Patriots were the better team during the season last year, but the Giants got hot in the last six games and won it all. The Packers snuck in as the No. 6 seed before that, en route to a championship for them.
This year, it looks like the 49ers have been the best, or one of the best teams all year, while the Ravens cooled off around the middle of the season, only to catch fire heading into the playoffs. They were lucky to escape Denver with a win, but really took it to New England, dominating them in the second half, and yielding only 13 points, including a second-half shutout to a high-powered Patriot offense.
For some reason, this year just feels different to me. The Ravens have been playing great, but it just feels to me like the 49ers have some unfinished business. They lost a heart-breaker last year in the NFC Championship game, and this year, they appear poised and focused.
Colin Kaepernick has emerged as a legitimate superstar, and adds a dynamic dimension to the 49ers offense that they were lacking with Alex Smith. A team that had been primarily living off defense has started to win high-scoring affairs. This kind of adaptability shows the strength and completeness of San Francisco’s team, and I think they’re going to finish what they started this time.
Final Score Prediction: San Francisco 49ers 31, Baltimore Ravens 24