It's Super Bowl Sunday once again -- the day of the year in all of sports. Who will claim the Lombardi Trophy this time: the Ravens or the 49ers?
The long journey to Super Bowl XLVII will come to an end on Sunday night when the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers kick off for the Lombardi Trophy at 4:30 p.m. MT. CBS will have this year's broadcast, last showing the New Orleans Saints' 31-17 victory against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV in 2010.
Manning, winner of this past season's Comeback Player of the Year award, didn't make it back to the Super Bowl because of the Baltimore Ravens. After receiving a bye as the No. 1 AFC seed, the Denver Broncos faced a Ravens squad that just beat the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card round. Some questionable play calling by Broncos head coach John Fox and three touchdown passes by Joe Flacco sent the game to overtime, allowing Justin Tucker to kick a 47-yard field goal for the 38-35 double overtime victory. A week later, the Ravens traveled to Gillette Stadium to face the New England Patriots. After trailing at halftime, 13-7, the Ravens battled back in the second half to pick up a 28-13 victory.
The 49ers skipped the Wild Card round as the NFC's No. 1 seed and waited to face the Green Bay Packers. Led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick's 263 passing yards, quarterback-record-setting 181 rushing yards and four total touchdowns, the 49ers delivered a 45-31 victory to its fans and a trip to the NFC title game. In that game, the 49ers overcame a 17-point deficit to pull out a 28-24 victory against the Atlanta Falcons.
Despite the success the Ravens have had over the last decade, this will be only the team's second appearance in the big game, winning its only other appearance: Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. It's been 18 years since the 49ers competed for the Lombardi Trophy, which they won in 1995 by defeating the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX.
Should they win on Sunday night, the 49ers will be tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl victories at six. That would also keep alive the team's perfect record in the championship game. The Steelers are 6-2 overall.
Will Kaepernick help keep alive the perfect record that Joe Montana (4-0) and Steve Young (1-0) put together in the 80s and 90s?
Sunday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. ET
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.
CBS will have this year's broadcast, as the three major networks that show the Super Bowl on a rotating schedule continue to do so.
Canada's CTV will simulcast CBS' broadcast of the event. The United Kingdom will have the game on the BBC and Sky Sports. Wikipedia lists the TV coverage for several other countries, too.
CBSSports.com will stream the game live starting at 4:30 p.m. MT.
Baltimore's WIYY (97.9 FM) and WBAL (1090 AM) will have the call with Gerry Sandusky, Stan White and Qadry Ismail in the booth; San Francisco' KSAN-FM and KNBR broadcast will be done by Ted Robinson, Eric Davis and Rod Brooks.