NEW ORLEANS (AP) Fear this dreadlocks, San Francisco.
Torrey Smith just simply might be the distinction from a Super Bowl which will hinge around the 49ers' capacity to circumvent the Baltimore Ravens from scoring with all the long ball.
You might remember Smith from of which playoff game in Denver on Jan. 12. Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey positive does. Bailey, a 12-time Pro Bowl star, witnessed the particular dreadlocks flapping through the back again of Smith's motorcycle helmet as he or she chased that fast wide receiver into the end area on touchdown catches regarding 59 and 32 yards.
Oh, and you should possibly not overlook that will Baltimore pressured overtime because sport over a 70-yard touchdown excrete from Joe Flacco for you to Jacoby Jones having thirty-one seconds left.
The Ravens have 17 move completions associated with as a minimum 40 yards the following season, six advisors regarding Smith. Sometimes, Smith operates deep just to take back wideout Anquan Boldin or tight end Dennis Pitta as well as managing to come back Ray Rice underneath, leaving behind Flacco a number of viable targets.
"It most of depends," claimed Smith, the speedy phone through Maryland. "It's in contrast to many people say, 'Hey Torrey, just function directly along the actual field' the many time. Some regarding it can be scheme-wise for you to open other people up. Against selected coverages, I have got specific responsibilities. We do harm vertically. That's a muscle involving ours, plus I'm one particular in the folks they undoubtedly employ to try and do that."
Combine most of this which includes a San Francisco defensive which threw in the towel 396 meters missing out on to Atlanta's Matt Ryan within the NFC title game, and it also could add up to an incredibly longer nights for any 49ers.
"Joe Flacco, he has participating in excellent football correct now," ex - 49ers star phone Jerry Rice said. "You've acquired Torrey Smith and also Anquan Boldin on the outside, and goes by around eighteen yards. They zeroed in on Torrey Smith 109 times. So they are not reluctant to be able to throw the baseball deep. The secondary in the San Francisco 49ers, these people have have issues with the heavy ball, so they really can not allow these types of guys run free."
The 49ers recognize this. Whether they can keep Smith & Co. through bursting loosely is actually another story. Rice is additionally a hazard he trapped 61 subsides with regard to 478 yards during the standard season.
"I imagine No. 1, you've got one particular (receiver) that is certainly got monitor speed this will administer the superior away your current defense, thus they have likely to draw a number of attention," San Francisco cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "Anquan is a very bodily guy. He doesn't go deep about Torrey, nonetheless he's became the capability to. He's simply just obtained which connection, robust arm guy, natural guy, so it will possibly be difficult along with him, too.
"We're challenged at every position. The small end at a negative balance zone, they've obtained a connection, too. Ray Rice out from the backfield, individuals don't take a look at that, although if you bust affordable film, he / she carries on for making linebackers seem silly and also break up yards. . So everybody with your edge of the shot includes their particular fingers complete by using those guys."
On one other part on the ball, the particular Ravens' defensive shall be poised to be able to hinderance their feelings for you to middle linebacker Ray Lewis for the very last cycle involving their previous cruise directly into retirement. The 37-year-old announced in advance of Baltimore's very first playoff adventure this your dog would quit if the Ravens ended their run, in addition to considering that period they've been played their best football in the year.
So possesses Lewis. He includes a team-high 44 tackles throughout the playoffs right after absent the last 10 mmorpgs which includes a torn perfect triceps.
"They're going to become up," San Francisco managing back Frank Gore said. "Ray Lewis suggests a great deal compared to that organization. He's already been enjoying your sport for any lengthy time, he's possibly the very best at his or her position and also guys adore him."
Sure, that Ravens want for you to earn that pertaining to Lewis. But one simple person around the roster work with your Super Bowl band (Lewis), and the remaining players are developing this for themselves.
"There's no way on the planet in which you'll be able to imagine Torrey preventing superior lower your domain simply because Ray is definitely quitting," Ravens manager Steve Bisciotti said. "There's no technique in the world that will (fullback) Vonta Leach will present that much more, knocking of which linebacker inside hole. I trust whenever Ray had been saying they seemed to be likely to play another year, these kind of guys will offer us all exactly the same thing."
Ravens offensive linebacker Bobby Williams was asked why this Ravens 're going in order to win.
"The spirit in the company is something special," he / she said. "Everybody works hard around this league. The 49ers function hard. But the soul of this kind of group is different."
After thumping Indianapolis at residence as well as outlasting the actual top-seeded Broncos within 2 bottle overtime, Baltimore disposed regarding coordinator New England. Flacco, in succession, outplayed Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning along with Tom Brady. Now he / she increases against second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who's going to be fleet of base but limited on experience.
Unless Kaepernick extends outdoors or even connects repeatedly together with Randy Moss, that self-proclaimed "greatest recipient actually to experiment with the following game," and then big oil John Harbaugh will be the one smiling any time trembling hands having minor sibling Jim, San Francisco's coach, as pink and charcoal confetti reduces from your roof with the Superdome.
PREDICTION: Ravens 24, 49ers 20.