Many story-lines surround the "Harbaugh Bowl"

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
The 49ers' Jim Harbaugh and the Ravens' John Harbaugh will become the first brothers to ever coach against each other in the Super Bowl. Photo courtesy of BaltimoreRavens.com

It may not have been the dream matchup everyone hoped for, but Super Bowl XLVII certainly has enough story-lines to build intrigue.

Of course, the most talked about of those story-lines is the first ever meeting of two brothers in the Super Bowl. The Ravens' John Harbaugh will meet 49ers second-year head coach and his younger brother, Jim, in what has been predictably coined the "Harbaugh Bowl."

If that's not enough to get your attention, there are two Raven veterans and future Hall of Famers putting it all out on the line for a ring.

Ray Lewis, probably the best linebacker of his generation and arguably one of the greatest of all-time has picked the perfect year to hang up his cleats. He announced before the playoffs began that this would be his last year and now, he has a chance to end his career with a second Super Bowl title.

His farewell tour has overshadowed what could be a magical moment for his long-time teammate Ed Reed. Like Lewis, Reed is arguably the best player at his position for his generation, and he's one of the all-time great safeties in NFL history. With his career winding down, this is his best and possibly his last chance he'll ever have to earn his first ring.

Finally, the Ravens will be playing with heavy hearts as they try to win a title in memory of long-time owner Art Modell who passed away earlier this year.

As for the 49ers, they will be depending on a second-year quarterback with only nine starts under his belt in Colin Kaepernick to bring home the franchise's sixth Super Bowl title.

And that leads to San Francisco as an organization. They are looking to officially mark a rise back to glory after nearly a decade of mediocrity. The sixth Super Bowl crown would tie them with the Steelers for most Lombardi Trophies all time.

And like the Ravens, they feature a future Hall of Fame player in Randy Moss that will be on a mission to earn his first ring.

As for the matchup itself, the numbers point to it being a great game.

Both quarterbacks are playing at a very high level. The Ravens' Joe Flacco has averaged 284 yards passing and has thrown eight touchdowns and no interceptions this postseason. Kaepernick has accounted for 698 total yards and five total touchdowns through two playoff games.

The game features a great running back matchup between Ray Rice and Frank Gore, but the numbers show that both players will have a tough time getting yards on Sunday.

The 49ers had the No. 4 run defense in the league this season. In their two playoff games, they only gave up 93 yards on the ground per contest. Since the Ravens got Lewis back for the playoffs, their run defense has been stout--only giving up 128 rushing yards per postseason outing.

This means that the game most likely will be won through the air. It certainly wouldn't be a surprise if one, possibly both quarterbacks throw for over 300 yards the way each secondary has struggled.

The Ravens are giving up 290 passing yards a game, and the 49ers are yielding 322 yards through the air per playoff outing.

Guys to watch out for that could make a big difference in the passing game will be Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis for the 49ers and Anquan Boldin and the speedster Torrey Smith for the Ravens.

The scrambling ability of Kaepernick when his receivers are covered is something to look out for as well.

So, with New Orleans getting ready to host their first Super Bowl in 11 years and with the players ending their quest for a Super Bowl ring, may the best Harbaugh win.