I am one game out in my NFL game picks pool for this season, and if I want to force a tie for the championship, I need to get my Super Bowl pick correct (and hope Los Cabrones – whoever he or she is – picks the other way). So I turn to my sports broadcasting friends to seek their thoughts on the big game.
Rich Demarco, Army football and basketball radio play-by-play
San Francisco 24, Baltimore 17: The Ravens have had a great run, going through Andrew Luck, and then both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on the road – and they very well could win this game – but I think the run comes to an end. I think San Francisco will able to move the football on Baltimore, and as long as they don’t give up an early turnover for an easy score (like they did at Atlanta), I think the 49ers will be able to control this game. I think the 49ers secondary will frustrate Joe Flacco. Key player for the Ravens I think will be Bernard Pierce. Ray Rice hasn’t been himself in the playoffs, and Pierce has made plays each week. I wouldn’t be surprised to see San Francisco dig deep into its playbook to keep the Ravens off-balance. I can see both Randy Moss and LaMichael James surprisingly make big plays in this game.
Dean Darling, Army football radio analyst, Marist basketball radio play-by-play
San Francisco 27, Baltimore 20: Kaepernick and Gore come up big. Vernon Davis is a tough cover for the Ravens. The 49ers’ run game grinds out a win in the Big Easy!
Mike Ferraro, Marist football and basketball radio announcer
Baltimore 20, San Francisco 17: I think we’re going to have a really good game on our hands. Ultimately, I like the Ravens for two reasons: Their defensive discipline will handle whatever the 49ers throw at them, and I trust Justin Tucker more than David Akers to hit a big kick.
Freddie Coleman, ESPN Radio host, former Marist basketball TV analyst and Cablevision sports anchor
San Francisco 24, Baltimore 16: Both teams are mirror images of each other. I think it comes down to the last five minutes when the 49ers get a big run from Frank Gore to set up a late touchdown.
Ed Coleman, WFAN sports host, NFL on The Fan host, Mets baseball radio host and play-by-play
Baltimore 27, San Francisco 24: San Francisco’s got all the numbers, which should portend to a 49er blowout. But Flacco’s clicking with his underrated receivers, mix in a steady dose of local fave Ray Rice and the overlooked Bernard Pierce equals a Baltimore win.
J.W. Stewart, former ESPNews anchor, Sports1 host
Baltimore 20, San Francisco 17: I think the Ravens, who have gotten hot at the right time of year, will win a low-scoring game. I believe Baltimore will find a way to contain Colin Kaepernick, sending Ray Lewis out a winner.
Rick Zolzer, WPDH 101.5-FM Poughkeepsie sports anchor
San Francisco 24, Baltimore 21: And we never have to look at that Bible thumping, murdering dancing fool again!!!
Jason Barrett, former WALL-WEOK sports talk host, program director for San Francisco sports talk radio station
San Francisco 31, Baltimore 27: The Niners are a more well-rounded team and I believe Flacco will make a mistake that hurts the Ravens.
Rob Adams, sports anchor at WGCH, former Mount Saint Mary men’s basketball radio announcer
San Francisco 27, Baltimore 23: I don’t like that score, but it was the first thing that came into my mind. I think that Joe Flacco will be able to throw the ball against the Niners’ ‘D.’ I feel like Colin Kaepernick, along with his talented receivers, and Frank Gore running the ball will do enough to get the job done. Just give us a good game!
Kevin Halpenny, WDLC Port Jervis, WYNY Milford sports play-by-play, former WGNY Newburgh sports talk host
Baltimore 30, San Francisco 24
Carl Garofolo, host of WHVW’s “Hudson Valley Sports Talk”
Baltimore 29, San Francisco 26: Too much emotion going for the Ravens.
Kevin Connors, ESPN host, former WTZA/RNN sports anchor
San Francisco 27, Baltimore 17: Jim out-duels John. Colin Kaepernick wins a Super Bowl with the second-fewest career starts behind only (Giants QB) Jeff Hostetler.
Tony Morino, Army football radio sideline reporter, former Cable 6 sports anchor
San Francisco 34, Baltimore 14.
Geoff Brault, Marist football and basketball radio announcer
Baltimore 28, San Francisco 24.
Kirk Gimenez, “Sports Night” anchor on SNY
Baltimore def. San Francisc: I’ve been riding the Ravens since Ray Lewis announced his retirement. That inspiration alone has propelled the birds to new heights, but then you add Joe Flacco’s ability to stretch the field and that equals a Ravens win.
Bram Weinstein, ESPN SportsCenter anchor
Baltimore 24, San Francisco 20: I’m a sucker for the sentimental story. So, Ray Lewis goes out a winner, Ed Reed makes a game-changing play and the Ravens hold on to beat San Francisco.
Tommy Tighe, Dial Global Sports radio football and basketball play-by-play
Baltimore 24, San Francisco 21
Lachlan McLean, WHAS 840 AM Louisville sports talk host
Baltimore 27, San Francisco 26: Ravens are better at QB, RB and WR, and the 49ers defense hasn’t been playing well recently, giving up 29 points per game in the last five. I’m rooting against Ray Lewis but I think he goes out a winner.
Ryan Asselta, WNYW Ch. 5 New York sports anchor
Baltimore 27, San Francisco 23