It's official: Harbaugh is going to be the name you become sick of hearing between now and February 3, 2013, the date of Super Bowl 47. That's because the Harbaugh brothers will meet in the big game. It also means Jack Harbaugh, Jim and John's dad, should get ready for lots and lots of media requests.
My pick for the AFC and NFC Championship games were the Patriots and 49ers. The 49ers did their part, beating the Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots didn't do theirs as Joe Flacco and the Ravens pulled off the upset.
The Ravens get here the same way they usually do -- their defense. But Baltimore's more dangerous this year because they can score a lot of points. Joe Flacco is capable of putting up 300-plus yards and three touchdowns. Ray Lewis is in his swan song, having already announced his retirement after the season.
The 49ers are similar in that they're capable of winning on the strength of both their offense and defense. Justin Smith, Aldon Smith and the rest of the defense finished ranked second in the NFL in points allowed per game. Offensively the 49ers had half a season with Alex Smith and the other half with Colin Kaepernick, who leads the 49ers into New Orleans.
- Teams: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers
- Date: Sunday, February 3, 2013
- Kickoff time: 6:30 EST / 5:30 CST
- Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
- Channel: CBS
- Announcers: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
- Halftime show performance: Destiny's Child and Beyonce
- National anthem: Alicia Keys
- Tickets: TiqIQ.com