Did Beyonce flash an Illuminati sign? Was the VW commercial with the white guys speaking Jamaican racist? Should NFL players be fined for swearing when the camera is on them? Was the power outage intentional? Are all of you freakin’ kidding me?
One of the most exciting Super Bowls in recent memory and these are the main topics of conversation? Can we no longer watch something at face value? Must we always call a flag and create drama and controversy for the sake of it? Come on now people, I can tell you some of the best aspects of Super Bowl XLVII without reaching into any gimmick bag and it starts with the play on the field and it ends with the play on the field.
Sure, Beyonce was amazing, would you expect anything less? And the commercials were amusing, but do I care that Sodastream got their ad cut? They should be thanking CBS for censoring them, otherwise no one would even be talking about them today because it probably wouldn’t have been that funny.
In the midst of everything surrounding the Super Bowl from the halftime show to the commercials and from the power outage to Ray Lewis, it seems most people have forgotten that a game happened last night. A REALLY GOOD GAME.
Here are my top fifteen plays from last night. ALL happened on the field and NONE needed drama artificially crafted for them.
15. Ed Reed intercepts Colin Kaepernick in the 2nd quarter for his 9th career postseason interception. Subsequently, the players start a fight on the field that culminates in a lot of helmets being thrown around and a ref getting pushed.
14. Joe Flacco to Dennis Pitta for the second TD of the game that puts the Ravens up 14-3 in the 2nd quarter.
13. Ted Ginn Jr. returns a bad Sam Koch punt from the 50 all the way to the 20 yard line to set up a Frank Gore TD run three plays later and the 49ers close the gap on the Ravens in the 3rd quarter
12. With the 49ers knocking on the door for their first TD, Ravens rookie Courtney Upshaw force fumbles 49ers rookie LaMichael James in the 2nd quarter.
11. A play that ultimately had no consequence on the game except in the case of morale, Joe Flacco under pressure rolls to his right and appears to chuck the ball out of bounds on 3rd and 7 only for it to land right into the hands of Anquan Boldin for a first down and the first wild play of the game.
10. Down 28-6 after the blackout and into the 3rd quarter, the 49ers finally reach the end-zone when Colin Kaepernick throws a bullet to Michael Crabtree and he bounces off two Ravens to go in standing up.
9. For the first TD of the game, Joe Flacco lays a beautiful pass right down the middle and Anquan Boldin grabs it at its highest point and slides right into the goal post.
8. Justin Tucker attempts the first ever fake field goal in Super Bowl history with the Ravens leading 14-3 in the second quarter. The fake field goal fails, however, when Tucker needs 9 yards, but only comes up with 8 when Patrick Willis tackles him out of bounds and the Ravens turn it over on downs and keep the 49ers in striking distance.
7. On 3rd and 10 near the end of the first half, Joe Flacco connects with Jacoby Jones on a pass that was actually under thrown. Jones has to stop his forward motion and dive back to get it, making the two 49ers defenders miss him completely and allowing him to get up and scamper into the end zone for the Ravens third TD to go up 21-3.
6. In the 3rd quarter, with the Frank Gore TD closing the gap between the Ravens and 49ers to 8, Tarrell Brown knocks the ball out of the hands of Ray Rice and recovers his own forced fumble. That would lead to a David Akers field goal cutting the lead further to 28-23.
5. Down 31-23 with 10 minutes to go in the 4th, Colin Kaepernick sets the record for the longest TD run by a quarterback in Super Bowl history. The score stood at 31-29, but would remain there because of a failed 2-pt conversion.
4. Potentially the play of the game on 3rd and inches with 7 minutes to go in the 4th quarter, Joe Flacco checks out of a pitch play and decides to throw it to Anquan Boldin who makes a spectacular catch in mid air with the arm of a defender wrapped around him. That would lead to a Justin Tucker field goal that would give the Ravens the final lead at 34-29.
3. With the ball back and a little over 3 minutes to go in the game, the 49ers rumble down the field and set up shop in the red zone for four downs. Unfortunately, the Ravens defense holds their ground and wins the last stand off of the entire game.
2. Rich Eisen will tell you that punters are people too and in this Super Bowl Ravens punter Sam Koch made one of the weirdest plays you will ever see–an intentional safety. Once the Ravens stopped the 49ers, it was a matter of running down the clock. On fourth down with 12 seconds left in the game, the Ravens let Sam Koch loose and allowed him to run around the end-zone for 8 seconds and take a safety, which is only 2 points and only narrowed the lead to 34-32. With 4 seconds left, Ted Ginn Jr. did the best he could to run the ball back, but was tackled and the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII.
1. If you blinked at the beginning of the 3rd quarter, I’m sorry that you missed the best play of the entire game. On the opening kickoff of the 2nd half, Jacoby Jones returns the ball 108 yards for a touchdown to put the Ravens up 28-6. The run only took 11 seconds. It is the longest kickoff return in Super Bowl history and ties Jones’ own record for the longest kickoff return ever. Any momentum the 49ers were hoping to bottle up for the second half quickly dispersed over the course of those 11 seconds. Lucky for them, the Superdome decided to blow a fuse and give them another shot at doing halftime right.
CREDIT: NFL Memes
Congratulations to the entire Ravens organization for their hard fought Super Bowl victory. Special congratulations to Joe Freakin’ Flacco for winning Super Bowl MVP. Elite anyone?