Ray Lewis. Colin Kaepernick. Ed Reed. Joe Flacco. Vernon Davis. Frank Gore. Ray Rice. Patrick Willis. These are the keynote players to Super Bowl XLVII. However, the Super Bowl has been a stage where the unknown performer shines and sneaks into Super Bowl lure.
Names like David Tyree. Larry Brown. Mario Manningham. Mike Jones. Max McGee. These two teams are well rounded enough to have those types of players; players that will wow us during this extraordinary day in sports.
5. Jacoby Jones: Ravens WR/Return Specialist: Jacoby Jones is electric and maybe the fastest player in the NFL. Not only is he famous in these playoffs for making a 70-yard touchdown reception against the Broncos, Jones is a phenomenal return man.
Jones had two kickoff return touchdowns and a punt return touchdown this year. Five kicks returned 40 yards or more and 1,167 yards total. On top of that, he’s a deep threat against a secondary that was a little questionable in the NFC Championship before Matty Ice melted in the second half. Jones can bust the game open with a return and is certainly a potential game changer.
4. Delanie Walker: 49ers TE: Here is a tight end that only averages around 18-20 catches a year, but with Jim Harbaugh, Walker has had six touchdowns in two seasons. Walker averages over ten yards a catch and with the focus on Davis, Walker may be the guy who scores a goal line touchdown or has a big catch on third down. Whenever I tune into a Niners game during the season, Walker always seems to be the guy who picks up a first down when they need it.
3. LaMichael James: 49ers RB: James has certainly been overhyped and I hesitated to put him on the list, but I can’t ignore the fact that he has seen action in the last five games after nothing all year. Jim Harbaugh loves to utilize every weapon he has just as much a Bill Belichick. Honestly, Harbuagh has been better than Belichick at it.
James is perfect for the college gimmicky offense the Niners run because he ran nearly the same offense in college. Frank Gore will be the guy to watch no doubt, but James will be the change of pace and burst of energy the Niners need if they don’t get it from a Kaepernick run.
2. Bernard Pierce: Ravens RB: Here is a guy that can be the ultimate game changer of Super Bowl XLVII. Pierce has snuck up on opponents since Jim Caldwell became offensive coordinator Week 15. Since that time, Pierce has 68 carries for 401 yards while Rice has 103 carries for 397 yards.
Rice can hurt you in any facet of the running back position, but Pierce is a nice combination of power and elusiveness. If the Ravens are going to keep Colin Kaepernick off the field, Pierce has to be one of the main reasons why.