Monday, January 21, 2013
10 stats to know: Super Bowl
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will meet in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on February 3.
Here are 10 notes, nuggets and numbers you need to know heading into the matchup:
It will be the second game in NFL history between head coaches who are brothers and first since the Ravens beat the 49ers 16-6 in Week 12 last season.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh are the only brother head coaches in league history.
Both teams bounce back
Both the Niners and Ravens reach the Super Bowl a year after losing in their respective conference championship games. It’s just the second Super Bowl between teams to lose in AFC and NFC Championships the previous season.
The Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX after both teams lost in the 1994 Conference Championship games.
Ravens own the playoffs
At 13-7 all-time in the postseason, the Ravens own the best win percentage (.650) of any franchise in postseason history. The 49ers aren’t far behind with a .609 win percentage, good for fourth all-time.
Flacco gunning for Montana
With eight touchdown passes and zero interceptions, Joe Flacco has a shot to tie or break Joe Montana's record for most touchdown passes without throwing an interception in a single postseason.
Every quarterback who has finished a postseason throwing at least eight touchdowns without a pick has not only won the Super Bowl, but also the Super Bowl MVP.
Ray Lewis: Tackling Machine
After recording 14 tackles in the AFC Championship game against the Patriots, Lewis leads the NFL with 44 tackles this postseason.
That’s the most by any player since Dan Morgan had 45 for the Panthers in the 2003 playoffs.
Kaepernick amongst inexperienced Super Bowl starters
Colin Kaepernick has started just nine games in his career including the playoffs. That’s the third fewest starts by a quarterback prior to starting in the Super Bowl.
Jeff Hostetler led the Giants to a win in Super Bowl XXV with just six starts under his belt. Vince Ferragamo’s Rams lost to the Steelers in Super Bowl XIV.
Niners expanding their options
In the seven regular season games Kaepernick started, San Francisco used the option a total of 26 times, averaging 5.4 yards per rush with three touchdowns.
The Niners have greatly increased the use of the option their two playoff games, running the play 29 times while averaging 8.4 yards per rush with four touchdowns.
Ravens need to prep for Niners options
Baltimore’s only experience against the option this season came in Week 14 against the Redskins. The Redskins ran for 93 yards on 15 options (6.2 yards per rush) in the game.
The 49ers are a perfect 5-0 in Super Bowls – the best record of any franchise. Five Super Bowl titles are tied with Cowboys for second most, one back of the Steelers (6).
Defense wins championships
San Francisco allowed 17.1 points per game in the regular season, second best in the NFL behind the Seattle Seahawks.
History bodes well for the Niners: teams with a top-2 scoring defense are 16-5 all-time in Super Bowl when not facing another top-2 scoring defense.