Only during Super Bowl Week can the most popular reporter be Alabama football heartthrob Katherine Webb and the most talked-about story be centered on the healing powers of deer antlers. Of course, other storylines — maybe you’ve heard of the Harbaughs — and a few prop bets deserve attention. Here are three myths and three truths concerning Super Bowl XLVII.
Fiction: Team discipline is needed to make the Super Bowl.
The Ravens are the most penalized team in the NFL (69.2 yards per game) with the 49ers four spots behind them in fifth with 59.4 ypg. Defensively, intimidation is still part of the game for two of the league’s most fearsome units, who play with little regard for Commissioner Roger Goodell’s inconsistent flag football rules. Baltimore and San Francisco would rather risk a 15-yard personal foul penalty in exchange for a shell-shocked opposing wideout refusing to go over the middle the rest of the game.
Disclaimer: Cleveland, St. Louis and Jacksonville are teams two through four in penalty yards. That lackluster trio has zero playoff appearances since 2007 and has combined for three postseason games since 2003. No one said you didn’t need good players, too.
Fact: Colin Kaepernick is the future of NFL quarterbacking.
The 25-year-old 49ers signal-caller with Kerry Wood’s arm and Carl Lewis’ legs is the latest in line of dual-threat QBs to threaten one of the NFLs immutable truths: only pocket-passing QBs are capable of sustained success.
In nine starts this season, Kaepernick has thrown for 246.8 yards per game and rushed for 58 ypg.