The commercial breaks were nearly as exciting as the game, musical acts and unintentional comedy.
Super Bowl XLVII had it all — a blackout, fireworks, records broken, sex appeal and mass hysteria. The Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers, 34–31, at the Superdome in New Orleans. But there was plenty of action, from Alicia Keys' National Anthem to Beyonce's halftime show to Ray Lewis' postgame speech, and every commercial in between. These are the most memorable moments from Super Bowl XLVII.
49ers looking for different results in their return to NFC title game; Falcons aiming to finish the job at home
The top two teams in the NFC meet on Sunday to determine who will represent the conference in Super Bowl XLVII, as the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons face off in the NFC Championship game at 3 p.m. ET on FOX. The 49ers find themselves in the conference title game for the second year in a row, but this time must get the job done on the road against the Falcons, who have lost just one game in the Georgia Dome this season.
The Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers will get together for the second time this season when Saturday’s NFC Divisional playoff game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. The champions of the NFC North and West divisions opened the season against each other, but the stakes aren’t the only things that have changed for this matchup.
49ers look to sew up NFC West title by handing Seahawks first home loss this season
The NFC West could be decided when the San Francisco 49ers take on the Seattle Seahawks at 8:20 p.m ET tonight on NBC. A win would clinch a second straight division title for the 49ers (10-3-1), while handing the Seahawks (9-5) their first home loss of the season. The Seahawks are currently seeded fifth in the NFC playoff bracket, but four teams are right behind them at 8-6, so they still have work to do to secure their postseason berth.
Two of the NFL’s best meet as the 49ers try to end the Patriots’ seven-game winning streak
The San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots face off tonight at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC in what could potentially be a preview of Super Bowl XLVII. The 49ers (9-3-1) are trying to hold Seattle off for the top spot in the NFC West, while the Patriots (10-3) could potentially knock Houston from the top of the standings in the AFC. This also is a matchup of one of the league’s top defenses in San Francisco trying to slow down a New England offense that’s been lighting up the scoreboard most of the season.
San Francisco’s defense controls the Detroit attack in another impressive win.
The San Francisco 49ers dominating defense and methodical offense won for the second straight week, beating the Detroit Lions by the score of 27-19 in Candlestick Park. Jim Harbaugh’s club is looking like the early NFC favorite after defeating fellow NFC playoff clubs, the Packers and Lions, in their two victories.
The NFC favorites highlight the opening Sunday around the league.
The marquee matchup of the NFL’s opening weekend will take place at historic Lambeau Field, with the Green Bay Packers hosting the San Francisco 49ers at 4:25pm EST on Fox. These two NFC stalwarts combined for 28 regular-season wins in 2011, and both clubs have Super Bowl expectations in 2012.
We take a look at the 49ers prospects for the upcoming season.
The year was 1979 when Eddie DeBartolo Jr., after two disastrous years as owner of the San Francisco 49ers, hired an innovative offensive coach from just down the road at Stanford in hopes of reviving his franchise. Bill Walsh installed what came to be known as the “West Coast Offense,” and in 1981 he led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl victory, a win that marked the start of an NFL dynasty in San Francisco. Fast-forward to 2011, and the 49ers are hoping that history will repeat.
• Inside the Locker Room
With Bay Area NFL Correspondent Eric Gilmore
We all know Frank Gore’s injury history. So is it Anthony Dixon or Kendall Hunter to take as the handcuff?
At this point, Dixon would likely have the slight edge in what could turn into a training camp battle for the No. 2 job. At 6'1" and 233 pounds, he’s built for new coach Jim Harbaugh’s power running scheme. Hunter stands 5'7" and weighs just 200 pounds. He’s not built to take consistent pounding in the NFL. Dixon has a year of NFL experience, too, carrying 70 times for 237 yards and two touchdowns last year. Hunter has yet to go through a single NFL practice. He’ll likely have a role as a third down back or a change-of-pace runner.
Is it even worth looking at the No. 2 receiver for the 49ers or is it just going to be Gore, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis getting the targets?
No. 2 wideout Josh Morgan has done little to get fantasy team owners excited, but he has a combined 96 catches over the past two seasons, and the question now is whether he can take his game to a higher level playing in a West Coast offense. He averaged 15.9 yards per catch last year, while Crabtree averaged just 13.5.
Should Patrick Willis be the No. 1 overall IDP taken?
Willis has racked up 595 tackles in four NFL seasons, and it’s a good bet that this textbook tackler will put up more big numbers this season. The fact that he had a career-low 128 tackles last year could be seen as a red flag, but he played two games with a broken hand and missed the season finale. If not for that injury, his tackle total would have been much higher.
• Fantasy Playoff Run — Weeks 14-16: @ARI, PIT, @SEA
Seeing Pittsburgh on the schedule in the fantasy postseason is always scary, and even scarier when the key guy from this team is RB Frank Gore and the Steelers consistently shut down the run. Arizona (26.5 ppg) and Seattle (24.0 ppg) gave up the second- and sixth-most points per games to RBs, however, and at least 9.0 points per game to TEs.
• Athlon Best Bets
Sleeper: Kendall Hunter, RB Deep-Sleeper: NaVorro Bowman, LB Overvalued: Michael Crabtree, WR Top Rookie: Kendall Hunter, RB Bounce-Back: Frank Gore, RB Top IDP: Patrick Willis, LB
• Try to Avoid
Alex Smith, QB
Not even Jim Harbaugh’s Midas touch will be good enough to land Smith on any fantasy roster. He has never topped 3,000 yards or 20 TDs in a season, and he has more career INTs (53) than TDs (51). WAIT UNTIL: 18th RD
• Draft Class Fantasy Impact
Colin Kaepernick is expected to be the quarterback of the future but needs a year or two to develop. He should be on the radar in keeper drafts this fall. With Frank Gore coming off a hip injury, Hunter should be good insurance and will push Anthony Dixon for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.