A departing megastar in Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, who’ll retire after tonight – win or lose.
Dynamic defenses and big-play offenses.
A return to New Orleans for the first time since Hurricane Katrina’s devastation.
A touch of history as the San Francisco 49ers (13-4-1) seek their sixth Super Bowl title when they meet the Baltimore Ravens (13-6) at the Superdome, in a game with a 5:30 p.m. kickoff on CBS.
A full day of coverage begins at 9 a.m., on ESPN and an hour later on CBS.
There are rooting interests tonight for fans of both Ole Miss (49ers linebacker Patrick Willis and Ravens tackle Michael Oher) and Mississippi State (Baltimore defensive end Pernell McPhee and San Francisco reserve running back Anthony Dixon).
Oh, yeah, there’s also an unprecedented sibling rivalry, with Ravens coach John Harbaugh guiding his AFC champions against younger brother Jim and the NFC champ 49ers.
One team will suffer its first Super Bowl loss – San Francisco is 5-0 while Baltimore won its only appearance, in 2001.
The Tupelo Buffalo Park’s camel, Joe, picked the 49ers earlier this week – and the 49ers are slight favorites, although several high-profile experts prefer the Ravens.
In a DJournal.com poll last week, 62 percent of you backed the 49ers.