After the AFC and NFC Championship Finals, Sunday January 20th, the winners will meet in New Orleans, on Sunday February 3rd, for the 2013 Super Bowl. The New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Final, while the San Francisco 49ers visit the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Final. The odds that the Ravens and Niners meet in the Super Bowl are listed at 5/1. If the Ravens and Niners were to make the 2013 Super Bowl, oddsmakers have the Niners listed as -4 point favorites against the Ravens. Get the current 2013 Super Bowl Betting Lines now.
The Ravens are +10 point underdogs against the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, where they would face the Falcons.
The last three matchups between the Ravens and Patriots have been decided by a total of seven points, including the Ravens’ 31-30 victory in Baltimore in Week 3.
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The Ravens last played the Niners in Week 12 of the 2011-12 season where the Ravens won 16-6, at home. QB Joe Flacco completed 15 of 23 passes for 161 yards with one touchdown pass. QB Alex Smith completed 15 of 24 passes for 140 yards with one interception and no touchdown passes. The Ravens out rushed the Niners 92 yards to 74, while also out passing them 161 yards to 96. The Niners never made the red zone.
The Ravens QB Joe Flacco has been sensational in the two playoff victories, throwing for 613 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He also saved Baltimore’s season last week by connecting with Jacoby Jones on a 70-yard scoring strike with 31 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Flacco’s the only QB in league history to reach the playoffs in each of his first five seasons and has torched the Patriots for 973 yards with seven TDs vs. two interceptions in the last three games.
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The Niners QB Colin Kaepernick set a playoff record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 181 and passed for 276, totaling four touchdowns along the way. The 25-year-old made a strong connection with wide receiver Michael Crabtree and helped open things up on the ground for Frank Gore, who rushed for over 100 yards (119) for the first time since Week 7. Defensively, San Francisco finished third in the NFL during the regular season but showed some cracks in the first half against Aaron Rodgers and company in the divisional round. Defensive tackle Justin Smith is dealing with a torn triceps and the 49ers struggled at times to get pressure on Rodgers.
The Bottom Line: The Ravens beat the Pats at Gillette Stadium in the playoffs won’t happen. The Niners will get by the Falcons. We recommend you check out the latest NFL Point Spreads heading into the 2013 Super Bowl.