And here we are. The final Prospector's Guide of the 2012 NFL season. Not too shabby. The 49ers will be heading down to New Orleans to face the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, with a chance to improve to 6-0 in the big game. The Steelers might have gotten to six Super Bowls first, but the 49ers have an opportunity to get there with an unblemished record.
The 49ers sent out their game release this week, and is available to be read over at their media center. This week's game release included a whole host of Super Bowl statistics for the 49ers. In the 49ers five Super Bowl victories, the team has never rushed for under 100 yards. They have also passed for at least 300 yards in four of the five victories. In four of the five wins, their opponent has rushed for under 100 yards, and three of the five were held under 250 yards passing (none have surpassed 300 yards).
Some other notable numbers? Vernon Davis is averaging 110.5 yards per game in his four postseason games, which is good for third all time. He had a big catch against the Packers, and then blew up against the Falcons. The Ravens coverage decision regarding Michael Crabtree could open the door for another big game.
Colin Kaepernick enters the Super Bowl with nine career starts under his belt, which is the third fewest in NFL history. Jeff Hostetler had six starts before his Super Bowl appearance with the Giants, while Vince Ferragamo had seven before his Super Bowl appearance with the Rams.
- 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh faces his older brother, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, for the second time. It marks the first time in NFL history in which siblings have faced each other in a Super Bowl as head coaches
- Jim Harbaugh played quarterback with the Chicago Bears (1987-93) when QB coach Geep Chryst (1991-95) and Ravens defensive line coach (Claren Brooks (1993-98) were on the Bears' coaching staff
- Jim Harbaugh was co-captain with Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller at the University of Michigan in 1986.
- 49ers assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Brad Seely coached with Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees with the New England Patriots from 2004-08. Seely held the same position and Pees was the defensive coordinator.
- Jim Harbaugh played QB for the Baltimore Ravens in 1998
- 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was on the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff as the special assistant to the head coach from 2006-08. In 2009, Fangio also took the title of linebackers coach
- 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman was the assistant offensive line coach for the Ravens fro 2006-07.
- 49ers LB Tavares Gooden was originally selected in the third round (71st overall) by the Ravens in 2008, and played with Baltimore until 2010.
- 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman grew up in District Heights, MD and attended Suitland HS (Forestville, MD)
- 49ers TE Vernon Davis is a native of Washington, DC and attended the University of Maryland.
Ravens-Nor Cal Connections
- Wide receivers coach Jim Hostler served as the 49ers QB coach from 2005-06 and offensive coordinator in 2007.
- LB Brendon Ayanbadejo is from Santa Cruz, CA and prepped at Santa Cruz High School.
- Hurricane Homies: 49ers RB Frank Gore played at Miami (FL) in 2001 with Ravens S Ed Reed and OT Bryant McKinnie
- Mississippi Magic: 49ers LB Patrick Willis and Ravens OT Michael Oher were teammates at Mississippi from 2005-06
- Jersey Boys: 49ers OT Anthony Davis played with Ravens RB Ray Rice from 2006-07 at Rutgers
- Ducks of a Feather: 49ers RB LaMichael James and FB/DT Will Tukuafu played at Oregon with Ravens TE Ed Dickson from 2008-09
- Unified Utes: 49ers QB Alex Smith was a teammate of Ravens LB/DE Paul Kruger at Utah in 2004
Series HighlightsMatchups: 4
Series record: Ravens lead series 3-1
49ers Home record vs. Ravens: Series tied 1-1
49ers away record vs. Ravens: Ravens lead series 2-0
First Meeting: 11/17/96, 49ers win 38-20, at SF
Last Meeting: 11/24/11, Ravens win 16-6, at Bal.
Current Streak: Lost 3
Longest 49ers Win Streak: 1 - (11/17/96)
Longest Ravens Win Streak: 3 - (11/30/03 - 11/24/11)
Most 49ers Points: 38 - (11/17/96), 38-20, at SF
Most Ravens Points: 44 - (11/30/03), 44-6, at Bal