Super Bowl XLVII: Sunday morning links

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

The Baltimore Ravens held their first practice of training camp on July 26, 2012. On the following day, the San Francisco 49ers held their first practice of training camp. 191 days later, both teams will square off in Super Bowl XLVII and compete for the Lombardi Trophy.

On Friday, I picked the 49ers. Though no result would surprise, outside of a blowout either way, I'm sticking with the 49ers and will add to that now by going with running back Frank Gore as Most Valuable Player.

• Here are some more Super Bowl XLVII predictions from Yahoo! Sports.

• Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh are not exactly mirror images of one another, writes Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.

Expect smashmouth football from the Harbaugh-coached teams, writes Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

• Both Harbaughs turned their Saturday walk through practice into family affairs.

• Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun provides a Super Bowl XLVII scouting report.

• Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group breaks down the matches to see who has the advantages between the 49ers and Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

• It will be "Godzilla vs. King Kong" when 49ers guard Mike Iupati matches up with Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, former NFL fullback Lorenzo Neal tells CSN Bay Area.

• The 49ers' linebackers have the edge over the Ravens' running backs and tight ends, writes Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

• Comparisons between the current 49ers organization and the 1982 team that kicked off an NFL dynasty are hard to avoid, writes Matthew Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.

• The Ravens defense is gearing up to guard against Kaepernick and the 49ers' pistol formation.

• Win or lose, Kaepernick will need to make some lifestyle choices to handle his new-found celebrity, writes Ron Agostini of the Modesto Bee.

• Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will be the Super Bowl MVP, writes Matt Vensel of The Baltimore Sun in his "four predictions sure to go wrong" post.

• Flacco is content to stay out of the spotlight, writes Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group.

• Ravens safety Ed Reed and wide receiver Jacoby Jones have strong ties to the city of New Orleans.

• Former Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden was selected for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

• After making antigay remarks during Media Day, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver work with the Trevor Project to learn more about LGBT youth after 49ers owner Jed York challenged the second-year player to follow through on a pledge to reach out to the gay community.

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