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CBS announcer Jim Nantz looking forward to postgame meeting of coaches

Network needs to avoid Harbaugh family overkill

BY MEL BRACHT Staff Writer Published: February 2, 2013
/articleid/3751291/1/pictures/1942359">Photo - Jim Nantz, left, and Phil Simms will be in the booth to broadcast Super Bowl XLVII for CBS. PHOTO PROVIDED BY CBS <strong>John Paul Filo - CBS Sports</strong>
Jim Nantz, left, and Phil Simms will be in the booth to broadcast Super Bowl XLVII for CBS. PHOTO PROVIDED BY CBS John Paul Filo - CBS Sports

Quarterback edge

Simms, who led the New York Giants to a Super Bowl XXI victory over the Denver Broncos, said 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick should have an edge over Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco in adjusting quicker to the Super Bowl atmosphere.

“There are so many ways that Greg Roman, the offensive coordinator, can get him involved,” he said of Kaepernick. “ He can get involved right away with the run, let him get hit whatever. The fact that he can run short passes, screens, makes it easy for him. Joe Flacco runs a system that is very talent oriented and they really rely on him to find somebody and make the throw — a lot of times those are tough throws.”

Pregame show

If you’re bored to death Sunday afternoon, CBS invites you to watch the four-hour pregame show (1 to 5 p.m.) from Jackson Square, previewing the game from numerous angles. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews and former host Greg Gumbel will join the usual crew of James Brown, Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher.

Brown will interview Jim and John Harbaugh as part of a feature on the family. Other feature stories include former Ravens linebacker O.J. Brigance, who is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease; Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who overcame leukemia to return to the sidelines; player safety and the future of the game; New Orleans Musicians’ Village; and a sampling of star players on both teams.

National recording artists OneRepublic and Matchbox Twenty will perform and Rachael Ray will prepare tailgate food. CBS Evening News host Scott Pelley will interview President Barack Obama at 3:30 p.m. from the White House.

Prior to the pregame show, CBS will air the NFL Films production of “Road to the Super Bowl” at 10 a.m., a one-hour special at 11 a.m. hosted by Wynton Marsalis on the city of New Orleans and the annual “Simms All-Iron Team” at noon.

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