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Super Bowl Predictions: Experts Favor 49ers Over Ravens, But It's Close

02/02/2013 08:07 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2013

If only for his take on predictions, Danish physicist Niels Bohr might not have been a very good fit in sports media.

"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future," Bohr said.

Thankfully, NFL experts and analysts don't all feel the same way and have been going public with their predictions for Super Bowl XLVII.

Perhaps not surprisingly given the point spread, the sports media experts are almost evenly mixed between the Ravens and the 49ers. Interestingly, analysts at various media outlets seemed to have some unity within their company.

The majority of ESPN's NFL writers, reporters and analysts picked the 49ers to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in New Orleans, while only three of the 12 picked the Ravens. As for CBS Sports, the majority predicted that Baltimore will come out on top. A majority of the experts at Sports Illustrated also picked the Ravens, while those at Sporting News and USA Today chose the 49ers.

But perhaps most importantly, the Super simulation in the video game "Madden NFL 13" resulted in a Ravens victory.

Tell us who you think will win and then scroll down to see some of the experts' picks. What do you think of those predictions?

Nate Silver, New York Times - San Francisco 49ers

Mike Silver, Yahoo! Sports - Baltimore Ravens

Jarrett Bell, USA Today - Baltimore Ravens

Les Carpenter, Yahoo! Sports - Baltimore Ravens

Joe Montana - San Francisco 49ers

Keyshawn Johnson, ESPN - San Francisco 49ers

Scott Ridge, Sporting News - San Francisco 49ers

Jim Corbett, USA Today - San Francisco 49ers

Don Banks, Sports Illustrated - San Francisco 49ers

Elliot Harrison, NFL.com - San Francisco 49ers

Rich Gannon, CBS Sports
- Baltimore Ravens

Garry D. Howard, Sporting News - San Francisco 49ers

Mike Golic, ESPN - Baltimore Ravens

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated - San Francisco 49ers

Clifton Brown, Sporting News - Baltimore Ravens

Nate Davis, USA Today - San Francisco 49ers

Steve Beuerlein, CBS Sports - Baltimore Ravens

Merril Hoge, ESPN - San Francisco 49ers

Dan Marino, CBS Sports
- San Francisco 49ers

Ken Bradley, Sporting News - San Francisco 49ers

Ron Jaworski, ESPN - Baltimore Ravens

Mike Garafalo, USA Today - San Francisco 49ers

Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated - Baltimore Ravens

Adam Schein, CBS Sports - San Francisco 49ers

Carl Moritz, Sporting News - Baltimore Ravens

Madden 2013 Simulator - Baltimore Ravens

Clark Judge, CBS Sports - Baltimore Ravens

Lindsay H. Jones, USA Today - San Francisco 49ers

Bob Hille, Sporting News - San Francisco 49ers

Dennis Dillon, Sports Illustrated - Baltimore Ravens

Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports - Baltimore Ravens

Chris Mortensen, ESPN - San Francisco 49ers

Benson Taylor, Sporting News - San Francisco 49ers

Robert Klemko, USA Today - San Francisco 49ers

Andrew Perloff, Sports Illustrated - Baltimore Ravens

Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports - Baltimore Ravens

Pete O'Brien, USA Today - San Francisco 49ers

Adam Schefter, ESPN - San Francisco 49ers

Will Brinson, CBS Sports - Baltimore Ravens

Tom Mantzouranis, Sports Illustrated - Baltimore Ravens

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports - San Francisco 49ers

Simon Samano, USA Today - San Francisco 49ers

Mark Schlereth, ESPN - San Francisco 49ers

Mike Freeman, CBS Sports - Baltimore Ravens

Seth Wickersham, ESPN - San Francisco 49ers

Josh Katzowitz, CBS Sports - Baltimore Ravens

Tom Jackson, ESPN - Baltimore Ravens

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports - Baltimore Ravens

Dave Richard, CBS Sports - San Francisco 49ers

Tim Kawakami, Mercury News
- San Francisco 49ers

Mike Ditka, ESPN - San Francisco 49ers

Michelle Smith, ESPNW - San Francisco 49ers

Ty Schalter, Bleacher Report - Baltimore Ravens

Justin Onslow, Bleacher Report - San Francisco 49ers

Melissa Isaacson, ESPNW - San Francisco 49ers

Eric Allen, ESPN - San Francisco 49ers

Kate Fagan, ESPNW - Baltimore Ravens

Cris Carter, ESPN - San Francisco 49ers

Jane McManus, ESPNW
- San Francisco 49ers

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