It basically is two fairly evenly matched teams facing off. I’m not sure why the spread is 4, it really should be like 2.
Baltimore Ravens (13-6) vs. San Francisco 49ers (13-4-1)
Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm ET on CBS
*Line: 49ers (-4)
The Falcons showed two weeks ago that the 49ers can be thrown on. Their secondary is their Achilles heel as they could not handle the likes of Julio Jones. Torrey Smith is probably not even a notch below Julio in terms of his ability to make plays downfield and Flacco is among the best vertical passers in the game. So one would think that they are ripe to be picked apart again. But I think the difference is that Baltimroe doesn’t have a Roddy White or Tony Gonzalez to also draw the 49ers attention. Well I guess Anquan Boldin is basically like Gonzo, as at this point in his career he really is just a tight end. But the combo of Jacoby Jones and Tandon Doss is a far cry from Roddy White. So I don’t see the Ravens having quite the success of the Falcons against the 49er secondary. Not unless tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson really step up. Wait, let me rephrase that, not unless Pitta steps up. since Dickson is never really a factor. So I don’t see Flacco just chucking the ball downfield as he’s done throughout the playoffs with the same degree of success. There will be opportunities, but I don’t expect to see him throwing for nearly 400 yards as Ryan did in the NFC Championship Game.