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Mike Florio Calls Ravens ‘Sacrificial Lambs’, Predicts 49ers Super Bowl

Christian McCaffrey of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after scoring a touchdown during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 17, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona.

Christian McCaffrey of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after scoring a touchdown during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 17, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona.

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The Christmas night showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens has been billed as a Super Bowl preview, with many experts expecting an exciting matchup as the league’s two best teams face off .

But don’t count NBC Sports’ Mike Florio among them.

“If this is a Super Bowl preview, the Super Bowl is going to suck,” Florio said on his Thursday show on NBC.

The pundit used colorful language to describe how dominant the 49ers have been when at full strength.

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“As long as the key players stay healthy, they’re going to blow out everyone they play,” Florio said.

He used a similar phrase in his prediction for the Christmas match.

“The 49ers blew out the Ravens on Monday night. I’m sorry, I know it’s disrespectful to the Ravens. But let’s be realistic,” said Florio, who predicted the 49ers would beat Lamar Jackson and the Ravens by a final 31-20.

Although his choice of words may raise eyebrows, Florio is pulling no punches in saying the 49ers have been excellent. Boasting two potential MVP candidates in Brock Purdy and Christian McCaffrey, the 49ers battled with an 11-3 record, the best in the NFC, and likely a first-round playoff bye. Since their loss to Cincinnati on October 29, the 49ers have been in great form, winning six straight with an average margin of victory of over 18 points.

That Florio is so positive about San Francisco is somewhat surprising given his history with the team. Unlike his co-host Chris Simms, who is close friends with Kyle Shanahan and never misses an opportunity to compliment the 49ers, Florio has been downright hostile toward the San Francisco head coach in the past. He also made childish jokes about 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy.

But Florio seems to have changed his tune. The pundit followed up his Thursday comments by saying on his Friday podcast that the 49ers are “clearly better than everyone.”

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“It looks like they’re going to be sacrificial lambs, not real competitors,” Florio said of the rest of the 49ers’ competition, including the AFC-leading Ravens.

“Barring anything unforeseen, they’re going to win the Super Bowl. They’re the best team,” Florio said.

The Ravens and 49ers are scheduled to kick off Monday at 5:15 p.m. from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

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