Can the Ravens defense shut out the 49ers?
The 49ers come to the Super Bowl having won five of their past six games and are 7-2 with Colin Kaepernick as their starting quarterback. Kaepernick has never been to the Super Bowl, but his franchise sure has; the Niners have won five Super Bowls, and need one more win to tie the Steelers for the most in NFL history.
Here are some other numbers about the Ravens’ opponent on Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday in New Orleans:
0: Super Bowls the 49ers have lost. They are 5-0 in the big game, with their most recent appearance coming in 1994, when they beat the Chargers, 49-26.
6: Consecutive times linebacker Patrick Willis has been named to the Pro Bowl, in six NFL seasons. He was the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2007 and has only gotten better. Willis’ total of 812 tackles since 2007 ranks second-best in that span.
9: Career starts for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Believe it or not, two quarterbacks have entered the Super Bowl with fewer NFL starts: Jeff Hostetler with the Giants (6) and Vince Ferragamo with the L.A. Rams (7).
14: Field-goal attempts missed this season by 49ers kicker David Akers, who was 29-42 in the regular season and is 1-2 in the postseason. Akers, who set an NFL record last year with 44 field goals, has missed four this season from inside the 40.
17: Points the 49ers fell behind against Atlanta early in the second quarter of the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers cut the gap to 10 by halftime at 24-14, then held the Falcons scoreless in the second half of the 49ers’ 28-24 win.
19.5: Sacks this year for linebacker Aldon Smith, which ranked second in the league. Smith, though, has not had a sack in the past five games, including both playoff games.
43.2: Net punting average for 49ers Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee, a three-time Pro Bowl pick. That was just shy of his average last year of 44.0, the best single-season mark in NFL history.
81: Rushes of 10 yards or more by the 49ers this season. That ranked second in the league, and the running game led by Frank Gore remains the key to the offense.
181: Rushing yards by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick against the Packers in a NFC Divisional Round game. That is the highest single-game rushing total by a quarterback in NFL history.
7,603: Receiving yards Randy Moss would need to catch Jerry Rice for the NFL record. Moss this week famously said he was the greatest receiver of all time, a dubious claim considering Rice holds virtually every receiving record. And Moss isn’t even close to most of them.