Goldson vs Eli

Name: Dashon Goldson
Breed: 49ers
Position: Safety
Age: 28

Name: Eli
Breed(s): German Shepherd/Pit Bull mix
Sex: Male
Age: 10 weeks
Adoption Organization: Bergen County Animal Shelter

Analysis: An exceptional safety with several unnecessary-roughness calls this season, Goldson is nothing to sniff at. Unfortunately, that’s precisely what Eli will do for most of the game--sniff. It’s kind of his thing.

Rice vs Cash

Name: Ray Rice
Breed: Ravens
Position: Running Back
Age: 26

Name: Cash
Breed(s): Pit Bull
Sex: Male
Age: 15 weeks
Adoption Organization: Greene Street Animal Rescue

One of these warriors has a not-so-secret belly rub problem. We’ll let you decide who might be lying supine with his legs in the air on the field on Sunday.

Smith vs. Koda

Name: Justin Smith
Breed: 49ers
Age: 33
Position: Defensive End

Name: Koda
Breed(s): Catahoula/Boston Terrier mix
Age: 4 months
Adoption Organization: GROWL

Ananlysis: Smith’s a pretty big guy, even for a defensive end, but Koda’s batwing ears give him the loft to get there.

Lewis vs. Elias

Name: Ray Lewis
Breed: Ravens
Position: Linebacker
Age: 37

Name: Elias
Breed(s): Pit Bull
Age: 12 weeks
Adoption Organization: Angel City Pit Bulls

Analysis: Lewis is known as one of the greatest linebackers of all time, but Elias is the kind of competitor that could make Caesar Millan sit. Elias to Lewis: "Chh!"

Willis vs Pearl

Name: Patrick Willis
Position: Linebacker
Breed: 49ers
Age: 28

Name: Pearl
Breed(s): Australian Catahoula/Labrador Retriever mix
Sex: Female
Age: 9 weeks
Adoption Organization: Bonnie Blue Rescue

Don’t let Pearl the Pearl’s adorable blonde looks fool you. Bitch can throw down.

Smith vs. Simba

Name: Torrey Smith
Breed: Ravens
Age: 24
Position: Wide Receiver

Name: Simba
Breed(s): Japanese Chin
Age: 8 weeks
Adoption Organization: Tails of Love Animal Rescue

Analysis: Smith is described as a deep threat for the Ravens. But one look at Simba’s two pounds of sheer attitude and balls start dropping up and down the field.

Smith vs. Chestnut

Name: Aldon Smith
Breed: 49ers
Age: 23
Position: Linebacker

Name: Chestnut
Breed(s): Labrador Retriever/Australian Shepherd Mix mix
Age: 9 weeks
Adoption Organization: Bonnie Blue Rescue

Analysis: Look into Smith’s eyes and you’ll see the hunger that comes from not having had a sack in five games. Look into the limpid eyes of Chestnut and know that he’s just going to go straight to the snuggle play every time.

Pitta vs. Daisy

Name: Dennis Pitta
Breed: Ravens
Age: 27
Position: Tight End

Name: Daisy
Breed(s): Yorkshire Terrier
Age: 12 weeks
Adoption Organization: Shih Tzu and Furbaby Rescue

Analysis: Ravens tight end Pitta has all the right moves, but you should see Daisy move when she’s got hold of the (soon to be illegal) squeaky ball. Tough luck, Pitta!

Flacco vs. Agatha

Name: Joe Flacco
Breed: Ravens
Position: Quarterback
Age: 28

Name: Agatha
Breed: Miniature Pinscher
Age: 9 weeks
Adoption Organization: IMPS (Internet Miniature Pinscher Services)

Analysis: This clash of the titans does not end well. What it comes down to, though, is that while Flacco can throw, Agatha can catch and also return, repeatedly. Word is that Agatha has a better personality, too.

Kaepernick vs Harry

Name: Colin Kaepernick
Breed: 49ers
Position: QB
Age: 25

Name: Harry
Breed(s): Chocolate Dachshund Smooth
Sex: Male
Age: 12 weeks
Adoption Organization: Furever Dachshund Rescue

One of the game’s key match-ups. Kaepernick rose to glory as a replacement for regular QB Alex Smith. The tattooed 25-year-old is a threat in the air and on the ground. But don’t underestimate "Dirty" Harry and his 3-inch legs--his kind has been known to take down bears. A hipster prospector ain’t no thang.

Boldin vs. Jenny

Name: Anquan Boldin
Breed: Ravens
Position: Wide Receiver
Age: 32

Name: Jenny
Breed(s): Pit Bull/Hound mix
Age: 13 weeks
Adoption Organization: Pitty Love Rescue

Analysis: As of press time, Jenny was making field poopy, so I’m afraid this one automatically goes to Boldin.

James vs. Marta

Name: LaMichael James
Breed: 49ers
Position: Running Back
Age: 23

Name: Marta
Breed(s): Schnauzer/Beagle mix
Sex: Female
Adoption Organization: AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport

Analysis: James has got a lot of power in his stride, but when it comes to gamboling, he ain’t got nothing on Marta.

Davis vs. Juniper

Name: Vernon Davis
Breed: 49ers
Position: Tight End
Age: 28

Name: Juniper
Breed(s): Great Pyrenees
Sex: Female
Age: 12 weeks
Adoption Organization: Big Fluffy Dog Rescue

Analysis: Davis caught five passes for 106 yards and a touchdown during the 49ers’ NFC Championship win. Meanwhile, Juniper got winded in the park when a kite fell on her and may be on the DL.

Reed vs Biscuit

Name: Ed Reed
Position: Safety
Breed: Ravens
Age: 34

Name: Biscuit
Breed(s): Puerto Rican Sato
Sex: Female
Age: 12 weeks
Adoption Organization: The Sato Project

Reed is known as the NFL’s most fearsome interceptor and may have the edge over Biscuit, who sometimes gets distracted by Poe, the Ravens mascot.

Ngata vs Shadow

Name: Haloti Ngata
Breed: Ravens
Position: Defensive End
Age: 29

Name: Shadow
Breed(s): Catahoula/Labrador Retriever mix
Sex: Male
Age: 9 weeks
Adoption Organization: Bonnie Blue Rescue

Ngata is a clutch member of the Ravens’ defense but has struggled with injuries this season. He’s no match for a freshly weaned Shadow.

Akers vs Butterscotch

Name: David Akers
Breed: 49ers
Position: Placekicker
Age: 38

Name: Butterscotch
Breed(s): Puerto Rican Sato
Sex: Female
Age: 12 weeks
Adoption Organization: The Sato Project

Veteran Akers missed a league-high 14 tries this season so he’s bound to be psyched out, particularly when bad-sport Butterscotch starts with the choke chants.

Suggs vs Copper

Name: Terrell Suggs
Breed: Ravens
Position: Outside Linebacker
Age: 30

Name: Copper
Breed(s): Dachshund/English Pit Bull mix
Sex: Male
Age: 9 weeks
Adoption Organization: Furever Dachshund Rescue

Suggs is part of a tough defense but Copper don’t heel for anyone.

Gore vs Fitz

Name: Frank Gore
Breed: 49ers
Position: Running Back
Age: 29

Name: Fitz
Breed(s): Catahoula mix
Sex: Male
Age: 10 weeks
Adoption Organization: All 4 The Dogs Rescue

Fitz, aka "Gatsby" is known more for his sartorial style off the field than for his game lately. Gore wants it more.

A Side-By-Side Comparison Of Your Super Bowl And Puppy Bowl Starting Lineups

In which we compare the starting lineups of the Super Bowl and the Puppy Bowl to predict which crew has more bite and which is more like a chew toy.

On Sunday, February 3, all hell will break loose. A group of warriors will engage in a fierce contest of strength to determine who among the assembled is the very best there is. Millions will watch, admiring the brinkmanship, the balletic grace, and the shiny, shiny coats. The Super Bowl will also be on.

That’s right, the day isn’t totally about Puppy Bowl IX. That event—which pits teams of puppies against each other, mimicking football gameplay while promoting adoption from animal shelters—actually takes place during halftime of what some are calling the more important competition of the day: Super Bowl XLVII. However, looking at the starting lineups of the two events, it’s hard not to wonder how each integral member of each team stacks up against his interspecies counterpart.

Flacco vs. Agatha

Is Joe Flacco better at throwing a buttonhook pattern with a nickel defense than Agatha the miniature Pinscher is at being a puppy? There’s no way of knowing for sure. In the interest of sports science and all things adorable, though, Co.Create has taken a deep dive into the world of these wet-nosed competitors—all accomplished in their own right—to determine whether they are evenly matched.

Have a look through the slide show above and may the best, uh, man win.

[Player Images: AP/NFL Puppy Images: Animal Planet/Keith Barraclough | DCL]

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