NFL: What We Learned From the Superbowl
February 4th 2013 06:56
What a game! Not at all how I expected it to unfold but what we saw were two determined and talented teams playing as hard as they could to win the glory that is the Super Bowl. A true shame that somebody had to lose this one but lets reflect on what we saw and learned from this game. First off, we learned that NO lead is safe in football. As the commentators Phil Simms and Jim Nantz were proclaiming the Ravens winners EARLY in the 3rd quarter, the Niners reeled off 17 straight points in less than 5 minutes. In addition we learned that Colin Kaepernick still has a ways to go before he can call himself an elite QB. Although he lead a furious rally in the second half he made too many mistakes early on. In addition, we saw that defense means nothing when you are dealing with a QB that can make a huge play at any moment. Flacco and Kaepernick exchenged blows all game making huge play after huge play covering the length of the field in a hurry. The turning point in this one was the power outage that led to a 34 minute delay. You can say it should not effect the game all you want but this delay abslutely took the momentum away from the Ravens which allowed the 49ers to get red hot as they nearly pulled off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl History. The biggest stand of the season was the Ravens defensive stand at the 5 yard line deep in the 4th. Most expected the 9ers to just waltz into the end zone but the Ravens D managed to cause the 9ers to turn the ball over on downs and clinch the game which was very similar to how the 9ers beat the Falcons in the NFC Championship game. And although Flacco deservably won MVP honors we need to give serious props to Jacoby Jones. With his 56 yard TD pass and 108 yard kick off return for a TD, he helped keep the Ravens hot early on. With Jones being prone to dropping passes, he could not have played better today(for the exception of a couple near-muffs on special teams). Finally, we all know that controversial no-call will be talked about for years to come. However, there were several bad calls throughout the game against both teams and in this particular situation I didnt think it was a terrible call. Had Crabtree not been pushing off as he was being held then the call most likely would have been made. Regardless, this was one of the best Super Bowls in recent memory and it is nice to Ray Lewis leave the NFL on top as he has been a true warrior his entire career and really deserved this one. In addition, Flacco has broven that he is an elite QB and should have these Ravens in contention for years to come. Watch out for the 49ers nex year though, this team could have played better this entire season. Look for them to truly reach their potential next season.
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