After winning the AFC and NFC championships, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will now meet in Super Bowl XLVII. Both organizations have already won at least one Super Bowl, but each team can make even more Super Bowl history in New Orleans.
The 49ers have never lost a Super Bowl and their five championships are the second-most in NFL history. With a win against Baltimore, San Francisco would tie Pittsburgh for the most Super Bowl wins of all-time. At 5-0, the 49ers are currently the only team undefeated in the Super Bowl with at least two appearances.
Even though the 49ers currently lead the way among undefeated teams, the Ravens could take over that mantle with a win. Baltimore is currently one of four teams with 1-0 Super Bowl records. A Baltimore win would knock San Francisco from the ranks of the unbeatens while moving Baltimore to 2-0. A win would also make Baltimore the 12th team in NFL history to win multiple Super Bowls.
A Baltimore win would also halt the recent winning streak by teams from the NFC. NFC teams have won three straight Super Bowls and four of the last five. The NFL/NFC currently holds a 25-21 advantage over the AFL/AFC.
Super Bowl XLVII will be played in New Orleans, Lousiana, the 10th time the city has hosted a Super Bowl. New Orleans will tie Miami, Florida which has also hosted 10 of the 47 Super Bowls. It will be the seventh Super Bowl played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, as three of the New Orleans Super Bowls were played at Tulane Stadium. The game between the 49ers and Ravens will be the first New Orleans hosted Super Bowl since 2001.
While each team can make history with a win, individual players can also play their way into the record books. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran for 181 yards in the divisional playoffs against Green Bay, but he'd need an even bigger day to set the Super Bowl rushing record. Redskins running back Timmy Smith holds the Super Bowl rushing record with 204 yards.
Kaepernick or Batlimore's Joe Flacco would need 415 yards to break Kurt Warner's Super Bowl record for passing yards. Warner played in three Super Bowls and holds the three highest single-game passing totals. Joe Montana holds the 49ers record for passing yards with 357 while Trent Dilfer holds the Ravens' record with 153 yards. The Super Bowl record for receiving yards is held by San Francisco's Jerry Rice who racked up 215 yards in 1988.
The matchup between Baltimore and San Francisco will feature two of the most prolific tackling middle linebackers in Ray Lewis and Patrick Willis, but both will have a hard time setting the Super Bowl record for tackles. Carolina's Dan Morgan holds the record with 18 combined tackles. Indianapolis linebacker Gary Brackett has the record for solo tackles with 12.
Off the field, Super Bowl XLVII could set a television viewership record if it is able to top the average of 111.3 million viewers last year's Super Bowl drew. While the game could set a television record, it won't set an attendance record. The Super Bowl record for attendance is 103,985 while the Mercedes-Benz Superdome has a capacity of just over 72,000.