Thursday, January 31, 2013
Dilfer picks Ravens to lose in Super Bowl
By Jamison Hensley
NEW ORLEANS -- Twelve years ago, Trent Dilfer quarterbacked the Ravens to their first NFL title. The Ravens are back in the Super Bowl for the first time since, but Dilfer doesn't see his former team picking up its second Lombardi Trophy on Sunday.
Dilfer predicted the Ravens will lose to the 49ers, 31-23: "As conflicted as I am having to pick between two of my former teams ... both move the ball. The pistol allows the Niners to punch it in, while the Ravens are stuck kicking field goals."
It's surprising that Dilfer thinks the Ravens will have trouble punching the ball into the end zone. Baltimore has scored on its last eight trips in the red zone, and the 49ers ranked 28th in red-zone defense during the regular season.
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