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

  •  
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, and center Chris Bosh watch from the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Miami. The 76ers defeated the Heat 100-87.

    IN MY OPINION

    Greg Cote: Miami Heat odyssey this time could be dynasty or dismantled

    The Heat on a playoff run is the annual gift we slowly unwrap together, our two-month emotional thrill ride ever since LeBron James grandly announced he was “taking my talents to South Beach” that summer night in 2010. Well, buckle up again, South Florida. Prepare for exhilarating highs and work-productivity lows. Prepare for late nights walking drained from the downtown bayside arena. Prepare for hearts to soar or plunge on whether a basketball swishes through a nylon net or bonks off a painted rim.

  •  
Charlotte Bobcats' Al Jefferson, left, drives past Miami Heat's Shane Battier, right, to dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.

    In My Opinion

    Miami Heat sweep would challenge rosy outlook by Bobcats’ Al Jefferson

    I think that Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson, not a star in the NBA but a good player, must lead the league in seeing the bright side, in trying to find the best in a bad situation. This talent figures to come in particularly handy in the next week-plus as his hopeless underdogs try to avert being swept in four games by the two-time, defending-champion Heat.

  •  
LeBron James cheers as he holds both trophies after the Heat won Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

    In My Opinion

    Greg Cote: Element of doubt makes this Miami Heat quest intriguing

    This time it feels different, doesn’t it? The Heat in the Big3 Era always has found a way to keep things fresh and keep us fascinated, and now that means trying on a role unlike any the team has played in the previous three seasons. This time, for the first time since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade, Miami enters a postseason seeming a bit vulnerable — something close to the unlikeliest of underdogs.

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