The San Francisco 49ers were almost expected to find their way to Super Bowl XLVII. Last years disappointing loss in The NFC Championship Game would be fuel for them. Head coach Jim Harbaugh has always been a winner, so you knew he would have his team focused.
What we did not expect was quarterback sensation Colin Kaepernick to be starting behind center. With Alex Smith going down during the regular season, Kaepernick has done a great job leading the huddle for San Francisco. He headlines our list.
Super Bowl 2013: 5 49ers To Watch
1) QB Colin Kaepernick:
Kaepernick has become a household name, as has his touchdown celebration known as Kaepernicking. The second year quarterback out of Nevada has put up great numbers with both his arm and legs, and will be the key to San Francisco’s success or demise in Super Bowl XLVII. If he can navagate around a stout Baltimore Ravens defense, he can lead The 49ers to a perfect 6-0 record in The Super Bowl.
2) LB Aldon Smith:
You cannot argue with Smiths impact on the defensive side of the football. Take a glance at his statistics. The guy has seen just as much time on the opposing teams offensive backfield as he has in The 49ers defensive backfield. He disrupts the passing game, rushing attack, and gets into the minds of his rivals. Aldon Smith is the best defensive player on the field in Super Bowl XLVII. If he can throw wrenches at Ravens QB Joe Flacco, it could be a long day for Baltimore.
3) WR Michael Crabtree:
Since Colin Kaepernick has taken control of the 49er huddle, Michael Crabtree has emerged as one of the premier wide receivers in The NFL. If you look closely at the stats, Crabtree might be the most important piece to San Francisco’s chances of winning The Super Bowl. Michael scored 8 of his 9 touchdowns in 49er victories. Simple math tells me that if Kaepernick can find Crabtree for a touchdown strike, there is an eight out of nine chance that San Francisco will win. You have to like those odds.
4) RB Frank Gore:
If we have learned anything about The Baltimore Ravens this postseason, it is that they are susceptible to giving up yards on the ground. Frank Gore has been as reliable as any running back in the game the past 5 seasons, and he runs with a purpose. A perfect compliment to quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Gore will be a weapon that coach Jim Harbaugh will likely use often in the 2013 Super Bowl. Gore will carry the load when the team needs him most, and he is a 49er to watch on Sunday.
5) DT Justin Smith:
Just as Aldon Smith is an absolute force in the 49ers defensive backfield, Justin Smith is the anchor of the San Francisco front line. It’s not often that a D lineman gets a lot of Super Bowl hype, but Smith is deserving. If he can pressure Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and help slow down RB Ray Rice, The 9ers will be in good shape. Smith has accumulated 9 tackles in two games this postseason, and if he can make a few big stops in the 2013 Super Bowl, his value will really shine through.