Niners, 20-17. "Kaepernick's legs will show the wear on Baltimore's aging defense."
Gary Shelton, Times Sports columnist
Niners, 28-24. "San Francisco was my pick as SB champ at the beginning of the season, so I'm sticking with them. More talent on the offensive and defensive lines."
Rick Stroud, Times Bucs beat writer
Ravens, 27-13. "The deep arm of Joe Flacco, paired with the revived defense of the Ravens in the playoffs, wins it for a Baltimore team that seemed left for dead in December."
Peter King, Sports Illustrated
Niners, 31-14. "Kaepernick's athleticism outplays Flacco. Both defenses are good. Only concern is 49ers kicker (David) Akers in closer game — that can make the Ravens the winner."
Joe Maddon, Rays manager
Niners. "The Ravens, despite all the hype surrounding Ray Lewis, allowed a rather pedestrian 21½ points per game this year. The 49ers also have the better offense, according to (Simple Rating System), so there isn't much to recommend the Ravens."
Nate Silver, New York Times political prognosticator
Niners, 28-17. "When San Francisco has the ball, the running of Frank Gore and LaMichael James is going to pose big problems for the Ravens defense. (And the running of Colin Kaepernick will be a nice bonus for the 49ers.)"
Michael David Smith, ProFootballTalk
Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers Cy Young winner
Ravens, 24-21. "I like their toughness. Kaepernick has got that ability to run, to throw. He's going to be a phenom eventually. I love what they're about."
Dick Vitale, sportscaster
Niners, 17-14. "Two throwback teams playing a throwback game in which two undrafted free agent kickers, David Akers and Justin Tucker, could decide the world championship."
Adam Schefter, ESPN
Niners, 31-24: "I usually go for the NFC."
Martina Navratilova, tennis Hall of Famer
Ravens, 24-21. "It really is a toss-up game, but being a longtime AFC fan, I will go with Baltimore. Plus, I believe the Ravens have more players from the state of Florida, and living in Florida, that gives me another reason to root for them."
Jack Nicklaus, golf Hall of Famer
Niners, 31-20. "The game will be competitive for the first three quarters, but the Ravens will get Kaepernick-ed in the final 15 minutes, because San Francisco simply has too many different ways it can beat you these days. On the Superdome's fast track, the 49ers offense will thrive."
— Don Banks, Sports Illustrated
Ravens, 31-28 in OT.
— Rich Gannon, CBS
Niners, 28-16. "Because I hate the Ravens, just like every kid from Pittsburgh does."
— Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner
Niners, 21-17. "Being from San Diego, I rooted for the Chargers growing up, but I guess I'll go with the 49ers since they are from California, too. I think it's going to be a close game, though. With this being Ray Lewis' last game, I think the Ravens are going to make it tough."
— Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR driver