Super Bowl 2013: Expert Predictions From ESPN, National, And Local Writers For Sunday's Baltimore Ravens - San Francisco Game

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February 3, 2013 2:58 AM EST

Big screens, wings, drinks, and predictions. Whether right or wrong, bold picks have become a staple of Super Bowl Sunday much like the rest of the party fare.

Over the past eight years, the underdog has covered the spread, according to That should put Baltimore Ravens fans in a good mood, along with many experts picking them to outright defeat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

San Francisco is favored by four points, with second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick leading the way. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and his stellar play this postseason, were big reasons experts went against Vegas oddsmakers.

San Francisco’s Frank Gore and Baltimore's Ray Rice were also mentioned as X-Factors, with both team’s success hinging on their ability to run the ball Sunday.

Check out some of the expert’s predictions and scores below.

Sports Illustrated

Peter King, BAL 27, SF 23

Don Banks, SF 31, BAL 20

Jim Trotter, BAL 27, SF 24

Sports Illustrated overwhelming picked an upset with the Baltimore Ravens clinching its second world championship, albeit by a touchdown or less. Two SI writers picked the 49ers to win by more than a touchdown.


A mix of ESPN’s anchors and TV hosts overall picked Baltimore by a slight margin, though “SportsNation’s” Marcellus Wiley went all out with a bold 49ers 40-19 blowout.

Chris Berman, BAL 27, SF 26

Bill Simmons, SF To Win

Mike Ditka, SF 28, BAL 24

Chris Mortensen, SF 31, BAL 23

John Clayton, SF 28, BAL 24

Adam Schefter, SF 17, BAL 14

Marcellus Wiley, SF 40, BAL 19

Baltimore Sun

Kevin Cowherd, BAL 27, SF 20

Edward Lee, SF 31, BAL 28

Mike Preston, BAL, 27, SF, 24

Perhaps influenced by their Ravens constituency, Baltimore Sun beat writers picked the home town team, with one exception.

The game kicks off Sunday at 6:30 p.m. eastern and will be broadcast by CBS, with an expected audience of over 100 million worldwide.

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