JOE BIDDLE: Hotshot quarterbacks at home for Super Bowl

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It is said today's NFL is a quarterback-driven league.

It's hard to argue that, but where is Tom Brady? Heard from Aaron Rodgers? Anyone seen RGIII? How about Russell Wilson? The only brother act in New Orleans this week is not Peyton and Eli Manning. It belongs to Super Bowl coaches John and Jim Harbaugh.

We won't hear any guaranteed victories like former Jets quarterback Broadway Joe Namath uttered poolside before Super Bowl III. We won't see either one of these quarterbacks moon a TV news helicopter like Bears quarterback Jim McMahon did right before the 1986 Super Bowl in New Orleans.

Instead Super Bowl XLVII features two quarterbacks who played college football at Nevada and Delaware, hardly destination stops for NFL scouts.

Baltimore's Joe Flacco has had to wait five years to reach this moment. You don't hear all that much about him because the Ravens have Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Jacoby Jones to make the noise and create attention.

“I just kind of sit there and wait for the game to get going,'' Flacco says in his low key style.

At Media Day, Flacco sat at a table, while the Ravens household name players were up on individual podiums.
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is only in his second season, but is not known as someone who will stick out at a party.

To say that these Super Bowl quarterbacks are unassuming is to say a 10-pound robin is obese. Both of them have quality supporting casts and realize that to try to do everything on their own would be their worst nightmare.

In many ways they are like night and day. Kaepernick is bi-racial, adopted as an infant by a white couple. He knows who his birth mother is, but doesn't want to see or talk to her.

His body looks like an art gallery, but many of his tattoos are biblical and there to provide inspiration.

His first tattoo was Psalms 18:39 on his right shoulder. “You arm me for battle. You make my adversaries bow at my feet.'' On one biceps it reads: “My gift is my curse,'' referring to his exceptional talent to run and throw a football.
Kaepernick admits he has some new body art in mind, but only if the 49ers win the Super Bowl. He also has a 100-pound tortoise as a pet.

He is living proof you can't read a book by the cover.

Flacco, however, is what he appears to be. He is 6-6, 238 pounds. He began his career at Pittsburgh, transferred to Delaware, where he set 20 school records and played before friends and family compared to BCS conference teams. He was the 18th pick of the 2008 draft.

Flacco's progress to this point has come much slower than Kaepernick's, as the former Nevada quarterback took over for the injured Alex Smith this season and now has a firm grip on the position in just his second year in the league.

 Both quarterback have been almost flawless when it counts – in the playoffs.

The 28-year-old Flacco has completed 51 passes in three playoff games for 853 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions.

In two playoff games, Kaepernick is 33 of 53 for three TDs and one interception, good enough for a 105.9 quarterback rating. He has run 18 times, picking up 202 yards (11.2 yard average). Included were two TDs and eight first downs.

Kaepernick operates the popular “Pistol'' offense and his running and decision making in the read option makes him a dangerous threat.

Both quarterbacks have two of the NFL's stronger arms. Randy Moss played with Brett Favre and Tom Brady, but the only pass that ever injured the 14-year veteran receiver was when a Kaepernick pass dislocated Moss's finger. After all, he was a 43rd round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs. That was based on a scout only seeing him throw a football. He was a three-sport high school athlete who threw 90 miles-per-hour fastballs, was 11-2 with a 1.27 ERA and two no-hitters.

Flacco is known as one of the NFL's most accurate passers with the deep ball. In the regular season, he completed 63.5 percent of his passes, 9.54 yards per attempt.

In the post-season, Flacco owns the top quarterback rating at 114.7, while Kaepernick is second among post-season quarterbacks at 105.9.

In as evenly matched as this Super Bowl appears to be on paper as it is on the field, one of these quarterbacks could make the difference in their team winning or losing.

Mistakes will be magnified. Neither quarterback has been here. Will one of them succumb to the Super Bowl shakes?

My hunch is Colin Kaepernick will get some new ink.

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