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Sunday, February 3, 2013
Everything to know about the Super Bowl

By ESPN Stats & Information

Here's a look back at the Stats and Info Blog's coverage leading up to Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

GENERAL
Top 10 stats to know on the Super Bowl
We give you the 10 notes, nuggets and numbers you need to know heading into the big matchup on Sunday night.

How does each team handle “sideline chaos” situations?
A look at how the Ravens and 49ers compare in two areas that directly reflect the ability of those to stay calm and communicate effectively: the two-minute drill and the decision to throw the challenge flag.

D II Washburn steals the Super Bowl show
A total of 106 players are on the active rosters of the Ravens and 49ers, and examining the alma maters of Super Bowl teams always produces interesting quirks. Here are three things to know about both teams.

49ERS
The 10 biggest plays this season for the 49ers
For the San Francisco 49ers, what plays were the most important in winning games on their way to the Super Bowl? Here are the 10 plays that most improved their chances of winning through the regular season the playoffs.

Top things to know: 49ers D
The 49ers' defense has ranked among the best in the NFL over the past two seasons. But what else should you know about it?

Breaking down the 49ers option offense
Including the regular season, the Niners have boasted the most efficient option scheme in the NFL. No team which used the option regularly averaged more than San Francicso’s 7.1 yards per rush with the play this season. But what is it that makes the 49ers option so good?

What makes Colin Kaepernick so good?
Colin Kaepernick has made just nine career starts, including the playoffs, but he’s got the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl thanks to his performance from all areas of the field. What makes Kaepernick so good? Let's take a look at three aspects of his game.

Backup quarterbacks who became Super Bowl starters
Colin Kaepernick took over as the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback in Week 11 after Alex Smith was sidelined with a concussion in the previous week. He's not the first backup quarterback to lead his team to the Super Bowl after riding the pine early in the season. Who are the others?

RAVENS
The 10 biggest plays of the season for the Ravens
For the Baltimore Ravens, what plays were the most important in winning games on their way to the Super Bowl? Here are the 10 plays that most improved their chances of winning through the regular season the playoffs.

Top things to know: Ravens D
The Ravens defense finished the regular season allowing 350.9 yards per game, 17th in the league. In the playoffs, Baltimore is allowing 415.0 yards per game, up more than 60 yards from its regular season total, but that’s not the whole story.

Ray Lewis and other players that retired with a Super Bowl title on the line
Ray Lewis says that Super Bowl XLVII will mark the end of his NFL career. A number of players have played their final game on the sport's biggest stage, but not all have claimed victory on the way out. Here are some of the game's greats who said farewell after the big game.

Joe Flacco is thriving since the coaching change
Joe Flacco has been a much different quarterback in the postseason. His playoff QBR of 77.5 is a huge improvement over the 46.8 he put up in the regular season. What’s been the difference?

Ravens running game soars under Jim Caldwell
Following a Week 14 loss to the Washington Redskins, the Ravens fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell. It's a move that appears to have paid off, as the offense averaged 30 points per game during a playoff run that pushed the Ravens to the franchise's second Super Bowl.

New offensive line combination opens up offense for Ravens
The Ravens' five-man offensive line unit of Bryant McKinnie, Kelechi Osemele, Matt Birk, Marshal Yanda and Michael Oher played together for the first time this season in the Ravens' Wild Card win over the Colts. That unit has played every snap this postseason, and is a big reason why the Ravens offense has flourished in the postseason.