Super Bowl XLVII picks: Analysts split between 49ers, Ravens

  • Jeff Darlington NFL.com and NFL Network
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  • Why the Ravens will win: Baltimore's offense might not be trendy or flashy, but when it works, it possesses the weapons to successfully expose the 49ers' secondary.
  • MVP: Joe Flacco
  • Bold prediction: Just as Eli Manning became a redefined man in the wake of his Super Bowl XLII win, Flacco will follow suit on Sunday. This is when Flacco settles any doubts about his value as an elite quarterback.
  • Daniel Jeremiah NFL.com and NFL Network
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  • Why the 49ers will win: Almost every individual matchup seems to favor the 49ers. San Francisco's defense is equipped to limit the Ravens' run game.
  • MVP: Vernon Davis
  • Bold prediction: NaVorro Bowman will score a touchdown for San Francisco.
  • Steve Wyche NFL.com and NFL Network
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  • Why the 49ers will win: The Niners will find a way to limit the Ravens' running game and keep Baltimore from making the big plays it has managed to make throughout the postseason.
  • MVP: Colin Kaepernick
  • Bold prediction: After fraying the nerves of every 49ers fan in the universe, kicker David Akers makes the decisive field goal -- after missing one.
  • Darren Sharper NFL Network
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  • MVP: Ray Lewis
  • Bold prediction: David Akers will attempt a potential game-winning field goal ... and miss.
  • Ian Rapoport NFL.com and NFL Network
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  • Why the 49ers will win: The one thing the Ravens won't be able to handle is Colin Kaepernick's speed, and he'll make them pay with big play after big play.
  • MVP: Colin Kaepernick
  • Bold prediction: In his final game in a Ravens uniform, safety Ed Reed records a pick-six.
  • Elliot Harrison NFL.com and NFL Network
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  • Why the 49ers will win: Baltimore's dependence on the deep ball and inability to consistently stop the 49ers' running game will determine the day.
  • MVP: Colin Kaepernick
  • Bold prediction: The 49ers will pile up 150 yards on the ground.
  • Kimberly Jones NFL.com and NFL Network
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  • Why the Ravens will win: Because it's impossible, at this point, to argue against the whole "team of destiny" idea. And the Ravens are playing their best ball at the right time.
  • MVP: Joe Flacco
  • Bold prediction: The Ravens' defense will prove to be savvy enough and skilled enough to keep Colin Kaepernick in check. And Flacco's long-ball magic continues.
  • Chris Chamberlain New Orleans Saints linebacker
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  • Why the Ravens will win: I'm rooting for Baltimore because Ravens tight end Billy Bajema is one of my best friends from back home -- I also played with him in St. Louis -- and I want him to get a ring. I think it's going to be a great game with two great teams.
  • MVP: Joe Flacco
  • Aditi Kinkhabwala NFL.com and NFL Network
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  • Why the Ravens will win: The natural order of life dictates that the older sibling (Baltimore coach John Harbaugh) is supposed to beat the younger brother (San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh). (Note: This writer is a big sister.)
  • MVP: Anquan Boldin
  • Bold prediction: A defensive back will run away from Boldin.
  • Shaun O'Hara NFL Network
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  • Why the 49ers will win: San Francisco's physical offensive and defensive lines wear down the Ravens, and the run game becomes the determining factor.
  • MVP: Vernon Davis
  • Bold prediction: Alex Smith gets a series at some point in the game. Also, Justin Smith shows up in an offensive goal-line or short-yardage situation.
  • Adam Schein NFL.com
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  • Why the 49ers will win: San Francisco's offense -- the line, backs, quarterback, Vernon Davis -- prove to be a bit better than Baltimore's defense. The San Francisco D is clutch.
  • MVP: Colin Kaepernick
  • Bold prediction: Niners win despite David Akers missing a huge kick.
  • Gregg Rosenthal NFL.com
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  • Why the Ravens will win: Because NFL teams just want to drive us crazy by proving, year after year, that the regular season is almost irrelevant.
  • MVP: Joe Flacco
  • Bold prediction: Bernard Pierce will top 100 yards.
  • Gil Brandt NFL.com
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  • Why the 49ers will win: The numbers favor San Francisco, though it's worth noting that the numbers favored the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, too, and Baltimore knocked off both. But the Niners match up a little too well with the Ravens. As long as it doesn't come down to David Akers, I think San Francisco prevails.
  • MVP: Colin Kaepernick
  • Bold prediction: Randy Moss will have two touchdown receptions.
  • Heath Evans NFL Network
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  • Why the Ravens will win: Joe Flacco ends up being too much for the Niners' defense, posting two touchdown passes and a 65 percent completion rate.
  • MVP: Joe Flacco
  • Adam Rank NFL.com and NFL Network
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  • Why the 49ers will win: We've been due for a blowout for some time, and the 49ers' run offense will be too much for the Ravens to handle.
  • MVP: Colin Kaepernick
  • Bold prediction: Randy Moss is a factor in this game and scores a touchdown.
  • Dhani Jones Former NFL linebacker
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  • Why the Ravens will win: Because Ray Lewis is retiring, and everyone wants to see him depart from the game with a win.
  • Bold prediction: Maybe Destiny's Child performs instead of Beyoncé -- and they're live.
  • Charley Casserly NFL.com and NFL Network
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  • Why the 49ers will win: San Francisco's offensive and defensive lines win their battles.
  • MVP: Frank Gore
  • Bold prediction: Colin Kaepernick leads a fourth-quarter comeback.
  • Jason Smith NFL.com and NFL Network
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  • Why the Ravens will win: Baltimore's defense will cause Colin Kaepernick to commit a couple of big turnovers, and that will be the difference.
  • MVP: Ed Reed
  • Bold prediction: Beyoncé will sing live at halftime. Ray Lewis will finally get to say he's going to Disney World. And Alex Smith walks off the field wearing an Arizona Cardinals hat.