Super Bowl most even in years

The 2013 Super Bowl feels different from past years with both quarterbacks having much to prove.

Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens is out to show he is ready to make the next step to be an elite hurler. Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco Niners is one win away from cementing his future in the Bay Area.

Kaepernick, 25, states the spotlight has never fazed him.

“Going out on the field frantic isn’t going to help you score points,” Kaepernick said. “You have to stay calm. You have to try and lead your team.”

New Orleans will be the focus of Super Bowl XLVII next Sunday, 3 February, with CBS broadcasting the game from 6.30pm. Kaepernick and the Niners march in as the National Football Conference champions after defeating Matt Ryan’s Atlanta Falcons 28-24 last Sunday. Flacco guided the Ravens to a 28-13 victory over Tom Brady’s New England Patriots to emerge American Football Conference champions.

Those victories set up a Super Bowl rife with story lines. It will be the first time two brothers, in Baltimore’s John Harbaugh and San Fran’s Jim Harbaugh, will be facing off for the trophy as head coaches. The Ravens are motivated to see Ray Lewis’ career end with a championship while the Niners are eager to give the Bay Area its first title in some 18 years.

Added pressure has never been a strange feeling for Flacco, 28. A relative unknown coming out of Delaware five years ago, Flacco has quietly racked up regular season wins and advanced deep in the playoffs. This season, Flacco’s Ravens stumbled to their division crown before taking out squads with more victories in the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and finally the Patriots.

As Flacco states, a relentless approach to success has been key.

“We had nothing to lose and we went up there to win that game (against New England),” Flacco said. “That’s what we did in the second half. Guys made plays and it worked out really well.

“We talked about it before the playoffs began. We don’t have anything to lose. We have to go out there and lay it all out on the line. We may not win like that, but it’s the only chance we’re giving ourselves. I think we have put ourselves in a good position now.”