NEW ORLEANS - The NFL Network made several of their analysts available to the media Tuesday - including former St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, former St. Louis Rams running back Marshal Faulk, former San Diego Chargers and New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin and former NFL coaches Brian Billick and Steve Mariucci.
Billick was the Ravens head coach from 1999 to 2007. Mariucci coached the San Francisco 49ers from 1997 to 2002 and the Detroit Lions from 2003 to 2005.
Asked Tuesday whether he has a prediction for Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between Baltimore and San Francisco, Mariucci said, "I think it's going to be a great game, but I think the 49ers win it."
Added Mariucci: "I think there's going to be, mark this down, two [pivotal] big runs by [San Francisco quarterback Colin] Kaepernick. I think the Ravens play good defense, play good defense, play good defense and then all of a sudden 'Pow.' ... That's my guess. That's my prediction. But I might change my mind by tomorrow."
Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns during San Francisco's divisional round win over the Green Bay Packers.
A multi-dimensional threat, Kaepernick's thrown for an average of 234 yards in his nine games since taking over as the 49ers' starting quarterback while adding an average of 49 yards per game on the ground.