SUPER BOWL XLVII

Greg Cote’s Super Bowl pick

 

gcote@MiamiHerald.com

I still have a shot. I predicted a 49ers Super Bowl title (albeit over the Texans) in my Sept. 7 preseason forecast. You’d be excited, too, had you correctly picked only two Super Bowl winners — San Fran in 1994, Green Bay in 2010 — in 22 seasons of NFL predictions. Misfired on the Patriots in the conference championship round but did better against the spread. Had Baltimore with the points, while the Niners game pushed. Now to the dilemma: Do I root for my preseason pick (49ers) or my SB prediction (Ravens)? Optimist’s attitude: Either way, I win.

Overall Pct. Vs. spread Pct.
Last round1-1.5001-0-11.000
Playoffs6-4.6003-6-1.333
Final 2012166-89-1.651114-120-22.488
Final 2011159-97.621127-105-24.547

SUPER BOWL XLVII: RAVENS (13-6, No. 4 seed) vs. 49ERS (13-4-1, No. 2 seed)

Line: SF by 3 1/2.

Cote’s pick: BAL 24-21.

TV: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, CBS.

I get why the 49ers are favored. Better record, higher seed, probably more talented overall. The Super Bowl, more than other games, runs on emotion, though, and the epicenter of that Sunday will be the dramatic farewell of the Ravens’ Ray Lewis — from pregame squirrel dance to postgame sermonizing. The emotion factor of the Bro Bowl is evenly split, with one Harbaugh per sideline, but San Fran has nobody to duplicate the maniacal want that Lewis will infuse in the Ravens. Beyond intangibles, I also feel like it is Joe Flacco’s time. He has been very, very good in the postseason (114.7 rating), and he also has won more playoff games away from home (six) than any other quarterback ever. Flacco is more prepared to take the next big step than his counterpart, Colin Kaepernick, who has stirred the imagination but remains a second-year guy closer to a rookie in terms of experience. I think it also counts for something that Baltimore got here more convincingly and impressively (over New England) than San Fran did in needing a comeback to get past Atlanta. As great as the 49ers defense is (and it is), Flacco has the vertical passing game to open things up a bit for Ray Rice. And then I keep getting back to Lewis, the old Cane. The preamble to Sunday found him talking about — of all things — deer antler velvet extract. The next time we hear him he’ll be on the field thanking God after the game and probably weeping after having ended his career the right way, in storybook fashion.

Read more Greg Cote stories from the Miami Herald

  • In My Opinion

    Greg Cote: Now we find out if waiting for Dwyane Wade was worth it

    Dwyane Wade had earned a new nickname. It wasn’t all that flattering. Heat fans hoped it was temporary, like a press-on tattoo. But, until Saturday night, it fit:

  •  
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade sits the game out as the Heat hosts the Indiana Pacers in a pivotal matchup at the AmericanAirlines Arena for the number one playoff seed in the Eastern Conference on April 11, 2014.

    In My Opinion | Greg Cote

    Greg Cote: For Miami Heat, it’s a numbers game — No. 1 and No. 3

    The Heat’s game against the Pacers here Friday night understandably was billed as the battle for No. 1 — for the top conference playoff seeding as the NBA postseason fast approaches. It was supposed to be crucial because it would determine who would have home-court advantage in a deciding Game 7 in these teams’ inevitable Eastern finals rematch. Nice, neat little story line.

  •  
Hank Aaron speaks during a pregame ceremony to recognize the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run before the season opener at Turner Field in Atlanta on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT)

    In my opinion

    Greg Cote: Hank Aaron is still the king of home runs

    Forty years later, what Hank Aaron did still stands on the highest tier of the greatest accomplishments in sports history, but what he did also is bittersweet.

Get your Miami Heat Fan Gear!

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category