Page last updated on Sat Aug 01 05:46:01 EDT 2015
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:30 AM EST

No Tom Brady. No Aaron Rodgers. No Ben Roethlisberger. Not a Manning in sight.

Super Bowl has a couple of fresh faces at quarterback, bona fide nobodies so far as the NFL title game goes. One will leave New Orleans as football’s latest star.

For Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco, this is new territory and, of course, precisely where they would like to be.

”To be AFC champs feels good,” Flacco said. ”We move on now to this challenge.”

Flacco, the sole quarterback to win a playoff game in each of his first 5 NFL seasons, will lead the Baltimore Ravens into Sunday’s matchup against the NFC-winning 49ers and Kaepernick, a backup for the majority of his 2 seasons.

It’s the first time in a decade that the big game doesn’t feature one of the big 5 household names in the glamour position.

You can’t get much fresher than quarterbacks who never have gotten this far before.

”At the start of the season, I was just expecting to get on the field some way, somehow,” announced Kaepernick, the backup for Alex Smith, who took the San Francisco 49ers to the meeting final last season.

He got that opportunity after Smith sustained a concussion on November 11, and hasn’t seen the bench since.

A second-round draft picks in 2011 out of Nevada – not exactly Alabama – Kaepernick has the shortest pro resume of any Super Bowl quarterback. It’s impressive, however. His legs (181 yards rushing against Green Bay Packers, a record for the position) and his arm (105.9 passer rating in the postseason) are the most important reasons San Francisco is in its first NFL title game in 18 years.

”Anybody that’s out there on the football field, you want to see them produce and get results,” left tackle Joe Staley declared. ”With Colin, his first couple of starts, you didn’t know what should be expected because we hadn’t seen him out there as a starting quarterback. He did amazing and he has all season, as well as the playoffs. I suspect it was one of those things where we saw him in practice and we just wanted to see how he was going to deal with the situation in the games. He has done that.”

Still, he’s new to this environment and that barely appears to faze Kaepernick.

”One thing I’ve always said about him from the start is he comes off as a guy that has got a lot of confidence,” declared center Jonathan Goodwin, who won a Super Bowl snapping for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints 3 years ago. ”I’m not just saying that. You can feel it by the way that he acts and talks.” Football betting lines

Flacco has that air of certainty, too, but at least it’s built on a rather more substantial foundation, including an 8-4 mark in the playoffs, with 6 road wins – the most for any quarterback, Montana and Young included. That goes for Baltimore’s John Unitas, as well.

No one is comparing Flacco to them just yet, excepting the self-belief he brings to the job.

Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
BASEBALL 6/5/2015 - 8/12/2015
RK Team
Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays
Chicago Cubs
Houston Astros
St Louis Cardinals
MLBRoyals vs Blue Jays10:05 AM PST
MLBRays vs Red Sox10:35 AM PST
MLBAngels vs Dodgers1:05 PM PST
UFCG Cannetti vs H Viana4:00 PM PST
MLBBraves vs Phillies4:05 PM PST
MLBTigers vs Orioles4:05 PM PST
MLBPirates vs Reds4:10 PM PST
MLBCubs vs Brewers4:10 PM PST
MLBPadres vs Marlins4:10 PM PST
MLBNationals vs Mets4:10 PM PST
MLBYankees vs White Sox4:10 PM PST
MLBMariners vs Twins4:10 PM PST
MLBDiamondbacks vs Astros4:10 PM PST
MLBRockies vs Cardinals4:15 PM PST
UFCV Miranda vs C Hester4:25 PM PST
MLBGiants vs Rangers5:05 PM PST
UFCL Issa vs Iuri Alcantara5:05 PM PST
UFCNordine Taleb vs W Alves5:25 PM PST
UFCR Cavalcante vs Patrick Cummins5:45 PM PST
MLBIndians vs Athletics6:05 PM PST
UFCN Magny vs D Maia6:20 PM PST
UFCJ Aguilar vs C Gadelha7:00 PM PST
UFCA Silva vs S Palelei7:20 PM PST
UFCA Rodrigo Nogueira vs S Struve7:45 PM PST
UFCReginaldo Vieira vs Dileno Lopes8:10 PM PST
UFCGlaico Franca vs Fernando Bruno8:35 PM PST
UFCA Rogerio Nogueira vs M Rua9:00 PM PST
UFCB Correia vs R Rousey9:30 PM PST