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Flacco, Kaepernick Engage in Arms Race

Sam Manchester/New York Times

Neither quarterback in Super Bowl XLVII will win any Mr. Universe competition. Baltimore’s Joe Flacco boasts the muscle tone of an insurance salesman. San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick looks more like a surfer. Both are tall and gangly and somewhat awkward, built more like cyclists than football players.

Yet these quarterbacks also possess two of the strongest arms in the N.F.L., two million-dollar limbs that draw hyperbolic comparisons to cannons and shotguns and catapults, basically anything that shoots objects really far or really fast.

The matchup of two physically unimposing players who...

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