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Why Flacco (and Torrey Smith) may have a Super day

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07:23 AM ET 01.28 | Until the playoffs began, the 49ers had been very good at guarding against deep threats on defense, but things have changed. So what gives? Well, they've played Aaron Rodgers and Ryan, two good deep-ball throwers. But I think it's more than that. I think it's the way teams are attacking the 49ers. The best way is to spread them out. ... So look for the Ravens to spread out the 49ers. That would mean Rogers inside on Anquan Boldin, which could mean a big day for Torrey Smith on the outside or Jacoby Jones down the field. Both of them can run. If the 49ers man them up and the safeties get too preoccupied with help on Boldin or tight end Dennis Pitta, it could mean some big plays for strong-armed Joe Flacco.

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January 28, 2013  08:09 AM ET

Where is everybody? Hung over from the Pro Bowl?

January 28, 2013  08:20 AM ET

There is a solution to the deep ball and that is to create pressure on the QB. The 49ers did not put any pressure on Ryan in the first half of the NFC Conference game. The 49ers have 4 very good blitzing Linebackers.

January 28, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Look for Torrey Smith to burn Carlos Rogers UP bro... Burn him up.

January 28, 2013  09:13 AM ET

The Giants beat the Niners by Spreading out both their offense and defense, the Niners have have given up 27.5 Points in the last 2 Games, look for the Ravens to add to that, the questions with Niners offense control the Ravens Defense (19 PPG)?

January 28, 2013  09:16 AM ET

Flacco have been great during the post season. If he continues his play this weekend the Ravens will win the Super Bowl.

January 28, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Where is everybody? Hung over from the Pro Bowl?

I actually half watched about one quarter of it. Now that is sad. Jeesh!

January 28, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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Flacco have been great during the post season. If he continues his play this weekend the Ravens will win the Super Bowl.

Not if their D can't stop Kap and the 49ers offense!

January 28, 2013  10:06 AM ET

Those are all BIG IFs... The real question is can they block long enough for Flacco to make those throws.

January 28, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Look for Torrey Smith to burn Carlos Rogers UP bro... Burn him up.

Seems like an obvious mismatch to me too.

January 28, 2013  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Those are all BIG IFs... The real question is can they block long enough for Flacco to make those throws.

Isn't that always the question?

January 28, 2013  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I actually half watched about one quarter of it. Now that is sad. Jeesh!

1/2 of one quarter? From the looks of it then you got to see about 30 points scored. Quite a defensive struggle. The all star games for every sport have become a joke. I'd recommend they get rid of them but I'm afraid they'd use the time to televise WNBA or X Games instead.

January 28, 2013  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I actually half watched about one quarter of it. Now that is sad. Jeesh!

I seen a few plays and it almost looked like a walk-thru lol. The week before the Super Bowl I think I'd rather watch a skills contest.

January 28, 2013  10:42 AM ET

The Ravens don't have as many receiver options as the Packers. I hope they don't have to lean on Jacoby Jones too hard, as a receiver anyway.

January 28, 2013  10:54 AM ET

I never even turned it on

January 28, 2013  11:10 AM ET
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I never even turned it on

I saw the highlights on the news. It looked like the NBA all star game.

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January 28, 2013  12:37 PM ET
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Me neither, I was too busy rearranging my sock drawer.

I just stared at the TV while it was turned off. Far superior action.

 
January 28, 2013  02:35 PM ET
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I actually half watched about one quarter of it. Now that is sad. Jeesh!

I turned on the TV, saw it on the channel guide and opted for a few old episodes of MASH.

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