The Super Bowl 2013 date and time now has its two teams who will meet to determine the NFL championship. It'll be the Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans in a battle of the Harbaugh brothers for bragging rights.
So how was the 2013 Super Bowl date set up? In Sunday's NFC Championship, it was Jim Harbaugh's 49ers rallying to defeat Matt Ryan and the Falcons in Atlanta. San Francisco ultimately took the game 28-24 after trailing by as much as 17 in the first half. According to ESPN.com, the 49ers will be making their first trip to the big game in 18 years. The names have changed as the previous champions were guided by the likes of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Steve Young. Now it will be Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, and Richard Crabtree, among others. Harbaugh said of his young quartback, the guy he controversially chose to replace veteran Alex Smith:
"He just competes like a maniac all the time. It's always the same when I'm looking in through the facemask."
On the other side of the field on Super Bowl Sunday will be Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens. They stunned the New England Patriots in Foxboro for the AFC Championship on Sunday, riding on the high of Lewis' final season. New England had the lead in a close contest through the first half, up 13-7. However, Baltimore surged ahead in the second quarter scoring 21 points to take the lead for good in the fourth. Despite an attempted comeback effort by New England, a Ravens interception in the endzone sealed the deal with about a minute to go. Several knees by Joe Flacco later, the game had ended 28-13 in favor of the Ravens.
That brings coaches (and brothers) Jim and John Harbaugh to opposite sides of the field in New Orleans. The official date and time for Super Bowl XLVII will be Sunday, Feb. 2 with kickoff schedule for 6:30 p.m. EST. Coverage of the game will be on CBS affiliate station WDBJ 7 in Roanoke on Cox Cable and other cable or satellite service providers.
Which team do you predict to win the 2013 edition of the Super Bowl, Ravens or 49ers?