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Too good, too balanced

    Receiver Michael Crabtree has added flash.

NEW ORLEANS » Colin Kaepernick is a mystery man under center, a strong-armed passer one moment and a 25-year-old kid who can run right out of the pocket for a huge gain the next.

Baltimore must brace for the unexpected on every snap today.

There’s flashy Michael Crabtree on the edges and Vernon Davis down the middle, Frank Gore and LaMichael James clogging things up in the running game.

The creative, switch-it-up San Francisco offense sure keeps opposing defenses guessing. The 49ers hope to do it again when the Ravens will face an array of looks from Jim Harbaugh’s team.

Kaepernick has shown two drastically different styles in two postseason games. What he’ll show the Ravens is anybody’s guess.

In a 45-31 rout of the Packers in the divisional round, Kaepernick ran for a quarterback playoff record 181 yards and two touchdowns and also threw for 263 yards with two TD passes to Crabtree.

A week later at Atlanta, Kaepernick only ran the ball twice, instead handing off to Gore, and the 49ers rallied from a 17-0 deficit for the biggest comeback in an NFC championship game, 28-24, that sent San Francisco to its first Super Bowl in 18 years.

"He’s very good, he’s very accurate," Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said of Kaepernick. "They’ve done a great job with putting him into a system and building a system to make him successful, but to be able to throw the ball deep you have to have guys that can run deep. Crabtree and Vernon Davis and Randy Moss can run deep."

And Gore can grind out yards. Gore, coming off his franchise-record sixth 1,000-yard rushing season, has three touchdowns and 209 yards rushing during this postseason run.

A balanced offense, indeed.

"There’s a lot," Crabtree said. "I could go on talking about the talent that we have around here. On the tight ends, running backs, you have to remember we have three people injured that played a major part in our offense. But I would say that with all of these weapons, I don’t think that you can go wrong."

San Francisco’s offensive line, though, will have to do a better job than in a 16-6 loss at Baltimore on Thanksgiving night 2011, when the unit allowed the Ravens to match a franchise record with nine sacks.

"We’ve seen enough film to kind of know what to expect, unless they come up with something different," center Jonathan Goodwin said. "But definitely a talented group up front, and that’s what makes them a good defense. They try to do some things to confuse you."

If Crabtree and Kaepernick can pull off another outstanding outing in the game of their lives, they’ll take the podium together again.

The current 49ers are fully aware of the history, most notably a perfect Super Bowl record (5-0) that they must protect.

"This is incredible, man," Davis said. "Just being a part of this franchise is legendary — Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Steve Young — and to be able to bring a ring back, that’s something that you can cherish for the rest of your life."

PREDICTION: 49ers 31, Ravens 27.

2 David Akers K 5-10 200
3 Scott Tolzien QB 6-3 208
4 Andy Lee P 6-2 180
7 Colin Kaepernick QB 6-4 230
11 Alex Smith QB 6-4 217
14 Chad Hall WR 5-8 187
15 Michael Crabtree WR 6-1 214
17 A.J. Jenkins WR 6-0 192
19 Ted Ginn Jr. WR 5-11 180
20 Perrish Cox CB 6-0 190
21 Frank Gore RB 5-9 217
22 Carlos Rogers CB 6-0 192
23 LaMichael James RB 5-9 195
24 Anthony Dixon RB 6-1 233
25 Tarell Brown CB 5-10 193
26 Tramaine Brock CB 5-10 197
27 C.J. Spillman S 6-0 199
28 Darcel McBath S 6-1 198
29 Chris Culliver CB 6-0 199
30 Trenton Robinson S 5-9 193
31 Donte Whitner S 5-10 208
33 Jewel Hampton RB 5-9 210
38 Dashon Goldson S 6-2 200
46 Delanie Walker TE 6-0 242
48 Will Tukuafu DT 6-4 293
49 Bruce Miller RB 6-2 248
50 Cam Johnson LB 6-3 268
51 Clark Haggans LB 6-4 243
52 Patrick Willis LB 6-1 240
53 NaVorro Bowman LB 6-0 242
54 Larry Grant LB 6-1 251
55 Ahmad Brooks LB 6-3 259
56 Tavares Gooden LB 6-1 242
57 Michael Wilhoite LB 6-0 240
59 Jonathan Goodwin C 6-3 318
63 Tony Jerod-Eddie DT 6-5 301
66 Joe Looney G 6-3 309
67 Daniel Kilgore G 6-3 308
68 Leonard Davis G 6-6 355
74 Joe Staley T 6-5 315
75 Alex Boone G 6-8 300
76 Anthony Davis T 6-5 323
77 Mike Iupati G 6-5 331
81 Garrett Celek TE 6-5 252
84 Randy Moss WR 6-4 210
85 Vernon Davis TE 6-3 250
86 Brian Jennings TE 6-5 242
90 Isaac Sopoaga NT 6-2 330
91 Ray McDonald DT 6-3 290
93 Ian Williams NT 6-1 305
94 Justin Smith DT 6-4 285
95 Ricky Jean Francois DT 6-3 295
99 Aldon Smith LB 6-4 258

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