Will the game turn into a wide receiver battle? Baltimore Beatdown broke down the numbers of each team's top two -- Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin for the Ravens and Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss for the 49ers -- and found them to be nearly even statistically. Conclusion: Forget the receivers, the quarterbacks are going to determine the receiving battle.
While one of these four could be the one who stand out among the other three, it will most likely come down to the quarterback that gets the ball to them in the first place.
The quarterbacks will have more options than just their wide receivers, though. Both the Ravens and 49ers have outstanding tight ends that are just as dangerous, if not more so, then the men split out wide.
Dennis Pitta and Vernon Davis are bonafide weapons capable of winning a game for their teams. Pitta had five catches and scored a touchdown in the Raven's AFC Championship Game win, while Davis was the 49ers' leading receiver with 106 yards and a touchdown in the NFC Championship Game. And Baltimore Beatdown has put a big circle around the two tight ends.
A lot will depend on the players around them, as well as the guys defending them. However, make no bones about it, both Dennis Pitta and Vernon Davis are among the best in the league at their positions and can definitely be the deciding factor in a game with so many other stars getting a lot more attention.
Again, it looks like the quarterbacks are going to decide this one. There is enough talent on both teams at wide receiver to win the game and the same is true at tight end. The question is just whether Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick can get them the ball.