After a pair of dramatic Championship Games, the matchup is set for Super Bowl 47 – it’ll be the San Francisco 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.
This game is not short on storylines. First, and the storyline that will capture the most attention, you have the Harbaugh brothers – Jim (49ers) and John (Ravens) going against one another. It’s an improbable and remarkable feat accomplished by the two brothers. I thought it was incredible that a pair of brothers – Eli and Peyton Manning – were starting QBs and MVPs in back-to-back Super Bowls. But a pair of brothers coaching against one another as head coaches is even more remarkable. Other storylines include: Ray Lewis playing in the Super Bowl in the last game of his career; Joe Flacco coming of age before our eyes; and Colin Kaepernick budding into a star.
From a Vikings perspective, we should be paying more attention to the Senior Bowl this week (more on that in a bit) than the Super Bowl next week. But of course we won’t completely ignore the pinnacle of the sport.
With that being said, it’s interesting to note that three former Vikings will meet in the Super Bowl on February 2, and all three played major roles on past Vikings teams.
– Randy Moss is a member of the 49ers and is looking to win a ring in his 14th (and final?) season. Moss was a 1st-round pick of the Viking in 1998 and burst onto the scene with one of the greatest rookie seasons in League history. He played for the Vikings from 1998-2004 and then again for part of the 2010 season.
– Matt Birk and Bryant McKinnie occupy the same starting positions for the Ravens that they did for the Vikings. Birk was a 6th-round pick of the Vikings in 1998, earning 6 Pro Bowls and 2 All-Pro selections at center while with Minnesota. He also played in 2 NFC title games while with the Vikings – following the 1998 and 2000 seasons. McKinnie was a 1st-round pick of the Vikings in 2002 and held down a starting job at LT through the 2010 season, starting 80 consecutive games at one point blocking for high-octane offenses.
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