No Tom Brady. No Aaron Rodgers. No Ben Roethlisberger. Not a Manning in sight. Super Bowl has a pair of fresh faces at quarterback, bona fide nobodies as far as the NFL title game goes. But one will leave New Orleans as football’s newest star.

For Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco, this is new territory. Flacco, the only quarterback to win a playoff game in each of his first five NFL seasons, will lead the AFC champion Baltimore Ravens into Sunday’s matchup against the NFC-winning San Francisco 49ers and Kaepernick, a backup for most of his two seasons.

It’s the first time in more than a decade that the big game doesn’t feature one of the big five household names in the glamour position. You can’t get much fresher than quarterbacks who never have gotten this far before.

“At the start of the season, I was just hoping to get on the field some way, somehow,” said Kaepernick, the backup for Alex Smith, who took the 49ers to the conference final last season.