Super Bowl XLVII pick: Gold rush
January, 31, 2013
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
CAMORRIS.comESPN's staff of experts make their predictions for Super Bowl XLVII.I don't pick NFC North games during the regular season or the playoffs, to the chagrin of those who seek more buffoonery than I already provide to be used against me. But the entire ESPN/ESPN.com crew submitted picks for Super Bowl XLVII, so I had little choice but to jump in.
I've seen the San Francisco 49ers four times in person this season and closely watched a fifth game, which is about as much as I'll ever see a non-NFC North team. The 49ers won four of those games in convincing fashion, beating the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers (twice) by a combined score of 132-79. (The Minnesota Vikings defeated them 24-13 in Week 3.)
So I didn't apply too much science to this pick. The 49ers looked like a championship team 80 percent of the time I saw them. They had a playmaking physical defense and an offense that is a legitimate dual threat to run and pass. That was good enough for me to think they'll overcome the sentiment surrounding the Baltimore Ravens. The 49ers will win, 28-27. Unless they don't. Or the score is different.