Jan 30, 2013
- Written by Ryan Czopek
- Edited by Marc Caviglia
The Bro Bowl, Harbowl or simply the Super Bowl is almost here! It was a long road for both the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers to get to this point and they certainly couldn’t have done it without their respective wide receivers. Jacoby Jones caught a huge pass that led to a Baltimore Ravens victory against the Denver Broncos. Spectacular playoff performances from Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree have helped lead their teams to the final game. Which receiver will come through with a big playoff performance? Which receiver will potentially end up with the Super Bowl MVP trophy? These questions will be answered on Sunday, but the matchup between the Ravens and 49ers should provide enough fireworks to cap off another terrific NFL season.
::RANKINGS UPDATED AS OF JANUARY 28, 2013::
1. Michael Crabtree (San Francisco 49ers) vs. Baltimore
The 2012-2013 postseason may be regarded as the time where Crabtree became a star. In his last two postseason games, Crabtree has 15 catches for 176 yards and has scored two touchdowns. Colin Kaepernick’s favorite target has played spectacularly since Week 13 of the regular season and certainly has a chance to rough up a Baltimore Ravens’ team that allowed five touchdowns in four games to the wide receiver position to close the regular season. Look for Crabtree to be in the running to take home the Super Bowl MVP trophy.
Point Projection: 15 points
2. Anquan Boldin (Baltimore Ravens) @ San Francisco
Discovering the fountain of youth, Boldin has had one of the most impressive postseason in runs in recent memory, catching 16 passes for 276 yards and scoring three touchdowns. Boldin has been Joe Flacco’s favorite target this postseason and has been productive regardless of opponent. Boldin has a solid chance of having a productive game against a San Francisco 49ers secondary that struggled to contain Julio Jones in the NFC Championship game. Look for Boldin to continue to pile up nice postseason numbers.
Point Projection: 12 points
3. Torrey Smith (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Baltimore
Smith has been instrumental in the Baltimore Ravens success this postseason, catching nine passes for 198 yards and scoring two touchdowns. The San Francisco 49ers secondary were burned by Julio Jones and Roddy White in the NFC Championship game, so the lightening quick Smith has a chance to get behind the defense and come up with a big play. Smith is a big home run threat, however; he has been largely hit or miss this season. However, this maybe the game where Smith hits his stride.
Point Projection: 10 points
4. Randy Moss (San Francisco 49ers) vs. Baltimore
Only one thing is missing to cap off Moss’ brilliant career and that’s a Super Bowl title. However, Moss doesn’t appear like he is capable of making much of an impact like he was able to in his younger days. In two playoff games this year Moss has only five catches for 71 yards. The Baltimore Ravens allowed an average of 19.5 fantasy points per game at the end of the regular season, so Moss perhaps a chance to connect for a big play, but its unlikely with him averaging two to three catches per game.
Point Projection: 4 points
5. Jacoby Jones (Baltimore Ravens) @ San Francisco
Besides hauling in the Baltimore Ravens’ most important catch of the season, Jones has barely been existent in the playoffs. Jones has four catches for 91 yards and a touchdown in three postseason games. It seems unlikely Jones will turn it on in the Super Bowl and have a strong performance with better offensive options (Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Ray Rice, etc…) on the Baltimore Ravens’ team.
Point Projection: 3 points