It’s down to just two teams, this NFL post season: The San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens will battle it out in Super Bowl XLVII in the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, New Orleans, Louisiana.
When the Super Bowl kicks off Feb 3, 2013, it will mark the second time in franchise history that the Ravens will be in the title game. The Ravens beat the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV following the 2000 season. Linebacker Ray Lewis, now the last remaining original Raven, has stated this will be his last season in the NFL, and will be looking to go out on top in his last game.
This is the first time the 49ers have made the Super Bowl since the 1994 season, when they won Super Bowl XXIX over the San Diego Chargers. Steve Young threw six touchdown passes in the game, earning MVP honors.
The game will feature the first Super Bowl match up of brothers as opposing head coaches, with the Ravens’ John Harbaugh versus the 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh.
New Orleans will tie the South Florida/Miami metropolitan area with their tenth Super Bowl when the game kicks off in two weeks.
The power of the Super Bowl is in more than the host city’s exposure and the money that it generates: this year’s game has caused New Orleans to adjust Mardi Gras. The first set of parades will take place beginning January 25, a week earlier than normal. Parade season will then pause as the Super Bowl takes center stage, allowing the residents, officials, and police force to focus on the NFL’s championship.
And the rumor mill is on red for a Destiny’s Child performance during the Super Bowl halftime show. In light of a Destiny’s Child reunion announced in early January, it won’t be a surprise if Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams join Beyoncé on-stage at some point during her halftime performance.
Us Weekly published this morning that the award-winning trio will convene halfway through Beyoncé’s solo set, where they will then perform a biggest hits medley for the remainder of the show.
To say football fans can’t wait would be an understatement! Mark your calendars for the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. EST!