NEW ORLEANS -- The Baltimore Ravens aren't sure what they are going to see from the 49ers offense in the Super Bowl based on the disparity between how often quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran the ball out of the read-option in the 49ers two playoff games.
Kaepernick ran the ball 13 times out of the read-option in a victory over the Green Bay Packers. However, he refrained from calling his own number altogether in a victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 20.
The 49ers still enjoyed great success with the read-option, with running backs Frank Gore and LaMichael James doing the heavy lifting.
Therefore, the Baltimore Ravens approach the Super Bowl on Sunday unsure what to expect.
"Their coaches game plan well," Ravens cornerback Corey Graham said Tuesday. "You got to prepare for both things because you never know what you're going to get.
"But it doesn't really change much for our defense. We know that they're going to do either a traditional offense or a read-option defense. We got to prepare for both of them."
A large part of that preparation comes from breaking down the video from the Ravens game against the Washington Redskins in Week 14.
During that game, the Redskins averaged 6.2 yards on their 15 runs out of the read-option. Quarterback Robert Griffin III managed 34 of those 93 yards on seven carries.
Graham said he considers Kaepernick and Griffin III as comparable players because of their ability to succeed passing or using their feet. He said going back and watching how Griffin III performed that game helps "dramatically" in preparing for Kaepernick.
"We know some of the things that they'll try to do against us to counteract what we're doing," Graham said. "We went against RGIII, who arguably is very similar to (Kaepernick).
"It helps a whole lot. We watched that film, we see what they try to do against us and we're trying to determine what San Francisco will try to do against us. It definitely helps us a whole lot.
The Ravens also enlisted the help of practice-squad quarterback Dennis Dixon as the stand-in for Kaepernick during practice.
"He basically ran this offense in Oregon," Graham said. "Before he got hurt, he was a Heisman candidate. He does a great job with it. ... He has done an amazing job for us all week, he'll continue to do that, and we're blessed to have him."