HARRIS: Ravens-49ers Super Bowl prediction can go either way

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Kaepernick didn’t have as much buzz going into the season as all the other new kids. He’s not a rookie like RG3, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. He also didn’t begin the season as the team’s starter. But he’s the last of the new wave standing and a good crystal ball might tell you he’s going to look just as good as the three rookies when his playing days are over.

Flacco? No one will claim he was the Most Valuable Player during the regular season. He’s pretty much been that during the playoffs, with eight touchdown passes, no interceptions and a 114.7 rating through three postseason games. If you didn’t think of Flacco as one of the game’s better quarterbacks before, maybe it is time to start thinking that way now.

It’s a good time to be Joseph Vincent Flacco. It’s a good time to be his accountant as well. Regardless of what happens Sunday, Flacco’s next contract is going to puff up his net worth quite a bit.

The pick here is he’ll have another bargaining chip on his side (not that he needs one): a Super Bowl championship.

Let’s not discount how well the 49ers have played in their two games. They put up 45 points on the Packers and staged a big rally to topple the Falcons. Kaepernick has gone up against Rodgers and the Falcons’ Matt Ryan and not looked in any way inferior.

There’s a buzz about the Ravens this postseason. They kept giving up long returns against the Broncos and still found a way to win in overtime. They went into New England and dominated the Patriots. Flacco has been playing out of his mind. Take away those return touchdowns in Denver and the Ravens have been difficult to score against, too.

Given my ugly history, I’m probably dooming them to a lopsided defeat. So write this down before I change my mind: Ravens 31, 49ers 24.

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