Dirk Nowitzki has a connection with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who is a big Nowitzki fan. The two have exchanged jerseys.

So it's no surprise who Nowitzki is going with in the Super Bowl pitting the Ravens against the 49ers.

"Well, the Cowboys aren't in it, I guess," Nowitzki said. "I think I'm going with the Ravens. I've always liked Ray Lewis. I like [Ray] Rice. I like Flacco, obviously.

"San Francisco's tough. Their quarterback's [Colin Kaepernick] tough. Their defense is athletic. It's going to be a tough matchup, but I'm rooting for the Ravens."