Let's get physical

The Ravens' and 49ers' power running games helped get them to Super Bowl XLVII

Originally Published: January 30, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

NEW ORLEANS -- As you watch Super Bowl XLVII, expect several blasts from the past.

In an age of spread offenses, shotgun formations and empty backfields, the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens advanced to this game by bringing back many elements that made the sport great three decades ago. Sure, these offenses are modernized. The 49ers used the college version of the read option, and they've made the pistol formation trendy. The Ravens love to go no-huddle and use a fast ...

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