Score:Ravens 24, 49ers 21
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.
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.
Score:49ers 27, Ravens 24
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.
Bold prediction: After fraying the nerves of every 49ers fan in the universe, kicker David Akers makes the decisive field goal -- after missing one.
Score:Ravens 31, 49ers 27
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.
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.
Score:Ravens 31, 49ers 28
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.
Score:49ers 24, Ravens 17
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.
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.
Score:49ers 28, Ravens 24
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.
Bold prediction:Randy Moss will have two touchdown receptions.
Score:Ravens 23, 49ers 17
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.
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.
Score:49ers 37, Ravens 16
Why the 49ers will win: Except for when they're facing Russell Wilson's Seattle Seahawks, the Niners' defense is clearly the NFL's best. San Francisco will prove that by picking off the interception-allergic Joe Flacco a couple of times.
Bold prediction: Ten years from now, Anquan Boldin will accuse John Harbaugh of throwing the game so his brother could win a Super Bowl.