The 49ers and the Ravens will have plenty on the line tomorrow night when they square off in Super Bowl XLVII, but so will another team.
The Chicago Bulls.
As CSNBayArea.com's Lee Siegel points out, a 49ers win would give the franchise their sixth Super Bowl win in as many tries, matching Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls of the 90s as the only franchises in a major sport to do so without losing a championship game.
True, it only took Jordan and the Bulls eight seasons to win their six trophies -- whereas the Niners needed 14 years to win their first five Super Bowls -- but in an era of salary caps, innovative defenses and impatient owners ready to make coaching changes at the drop of a hat, any Super Bowl win is impressive. If Jim Harbaugh can take down his brother, John, and the Ravens, the Niners will have won six championships in 32 seasons.
Only four teams in the four major sports have won multiple championships without losing in another. The Bulls and 49ers, as well as the Spurs (4-for-4) in the NBA, the Marlins and Blue Jays (both 2-for-2), and in the NHL the Colorado Avalanche (2-for-2).
Ironically, the Ravens could join that group by defeating the 49ers tomorrow night. Baltimore, the New York Jets, the Saints and Buccaneers are all 1-0 in Super Bowl appearances.
No one will be calling dynasty for the 49ers, but they can join the Bulls atop one list...that is, until Derrick Rose returns and makes it 7-0 for Chicago.