Super Bowl XLVII: Predictions From Around Fansided


Feb 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; General view of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in advance of Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Who’s ready for the Super Bowl?

The 49ers and the Ravens will square off for all the marbles this afternoon, and what better way to get ready for the game than right here on Fansided?

Here is our massive prediction piece, with editors from around Fansided chiming in on who they think will win. The answer may or may not surprise you, but you’ve got to read to find out!

Super Bowl XLVII: San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens

Where: Mercedes Benz Superdome, New Orleans

Kickoff: 3:30 PM (PT)

Betting Odds: San Francisco -4.0, Over/Under 47.5

Predictions From the Fansided Network

John Ackeren, Fansided Radio:

"Ravens 24, 49ers 23: San Francisco has the better team on paper, but I have a gut feeling that Baltimore is a team of destiny. David Akers misses a late field goal, and Ray Lewis goes out a champion."

Zachary Thompson, Fantasy CPR:

"49ers 17, Ravens 16: I expect a close, low scoring game from these two defense-first teams. Ultimately, the Niners “D” comes up with a big play to force a turnover on the closing drive to seal the game. MVP: Frank Gore"

Jo-Ryan Salazar, The View From Avalon:

"49ers 24, Ravens 17: It’s all about the West Coast. Ray Lewis already has a Super Bowl ring; no need to be greedy."

Michael Natelli,

"Ravens 27, 49ers 24: Ever since making the gutsy call to fire Cam Cameron, the Ravens offense has looked nothing short of stellar. The 49ers sefense will be their biggest test this postseason, but they seem ready for it."

Michael Hamm, Chowder and Champions:

"49ers 27, Ravens 17: The 49ers’ pass rush will contain Flacco by re-establishing the line of scrimmage three yards deep in his backfield, causing him to release the ball before his recievers can effectively get off from their jams, causing at least two interceptions."

Doug Smith, The American Pitch:

"Ravens 17, 49ers 13: These games seem to be coming down to the QB that makes the last play and Joe Flacco will have that chance.  I’m expecting a big throw to Dennis Pitta or Anquan Boldin late in this one."

Bryant Douglass, Old North Banter:

"49ers 35, Ravens 17: My heart says the Ravens, but my brain says San Francisco. Both are very defensive minded teams, but when it comes to offense, Baltimore is a bit behind."

Matt Welch, SD Bandwagon:

"49ers 28, Ravens 24: Ray Lewis’ last ride will end here because of Kaepernick’s legs. It’ll be a hard hitting game but in the end the 49ers will narrowly escape for the 6th Super Bowl victory."

Nick Seiverling, Arch Authority (soon to launch!)

"49ers 28, Ravens 21: 49ers’ corners aren’t the best but that power/speed combination of Gore and Kaepernick running the ball is too much for Lewis and company…especially with an amazing check down in Davis.  The Rams fan in me wants a Ravens win, but realistically, the 49ers grind out a victory."

Tim Kelly, Section 215:

"Ravens 24, Niners 17: Ray Lewis and the Ravens are able to keep Colin Kaepernick in the pocket, and make him less effective. Joe Flacco will lead a game winning drive, ending with a game winning touchdown by Superbowl MVP Anquan Boldin."

Wally Fish, KC Kingdom:

"49ers 34, Ravens 17: Ravens are able to get past QB driven teams (Denver and New England) but their aging defense will have no answer for San Francisco’s dynamic attack that can win through the air or dominate on the ground. Look for the 49ers to rack up at least 200 yards rushing , knock Flacco around all game, and prove to the world that the NFC was by far the better conference this season."

Nicholas Pugliese, Empire Writes Back:

"49ers 24, Ravens 17:  San Francisco has the better QB, wideouts, defense, coaching, and, if you include Kaepernick, the better run game. The only place I see I see the Ravens with the edge is on special teams and I think Kaepernick will score enough to make that a non-factor. The Ray Lewis effect is overrated and if anyone expects that to provide an emotion edge during the biggest game of the year they are surely mistaken."

Barry Swindler, ATL All Day:

"Ravens 27, 49ers 24: My only reasoning would be because that’s what the simulations in Madden said? Call me crazy but this game could go 2394 directions, and I could see it being a 14-13 type game honestly. Or Kaepernick could lose it in the moment and San Francisco couldn’t move the ball. Or he could expose Bal defense like he did with GB and they could put 40 on them. So I’ll stick with the Madden please."

C. Joseph Wright, Sport DFW:

"Ravens 21, 49ers 17: The Baltimore Ravens will win this game for Ray Lewis. Look for a change changing play by the Ravens defense, or on special teams."

Matt Shelter, City of Champions:

"Ravens 27, 49ers 23: The Ravens offense has been clicking since Jim Caldwell took over and Ray Lewis will make a game changing play in the fourth quarter. As well as Kapernick has played, a guy making his 10th career start on the huge stage of the Super Bowl is bound to make some mistakes. Ravens seem like a team of destiny."

Who Wins?

Of the 15 editors surveyed, eight (53.3 percent) picked the 49ers and seven (46.7 percent) went with the Ravens.


By How Much?

After adding up the point-differential of all the responses, it looks as if the gamblers were slightly off, but it still will be a pretty close game.

Answer: 49ERS WIN BY 3