The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl on a thrilling goal line stand to end the game
The Final Goal line Stand: A+
If someone were to have told you before the game that the Super Bowl—being coached by two brothers—would end with a scintillating goal line stand between the grizzled and veteran defense of the Baltimore Ravens and the electric and versatile offense of the San Francisco 49ers, you would have hardly believed it. Those four plays to end the game were perhaps one of the greatest sequences in Super Bowl history. And could there have been a better way for Raven’s legend Ray Lewis to end his career?
The prime suspects behind the power outage? Beyonce's performance and Sean Payton
The Blackout: F
The only blemish on another classic Super Bowl was the odd and excruciatingly long blackout. How could the NFL allow the electricity to go out during the most watched event of the year? And, not only did the power go out, but, it lasted for over half-an-hour. I can only image the furious look on Commissioner Roger Goodell’s face as everything unfolded. But, the worst part of the 34 minute delay? The horrible jokes on Facebook and Twitter as to who was responsible for the power outage. Alex Smith pulled the plug. Beyonce performance blew the power out. The NFL forgot to pay the electricity bill. Drew Brees and Sean Payton pulled the plug to get revenge for ‘Bounty Gate’. God was angry because Tim Tebow didn’t get to play this season. They were all pretty lame jokes, well, except for that Tebow one—that was pretty funny.
The Game: A
The NFL must be beaming from ear to ear right about now—another year and another fantastically exciting Super Bowl. Behind all the hype and exciting storylines, the league must have been secretly worried that it might have a clunker on its hands. The NFL must have been concerned that the game might end up low-scoring defensive battle or even a one-sided blow by one of the—oh, it all makes sense now. Roger Goodell blew the power get to San Francisco back into the game. Either that or God was actually angry about the Tim Tebow situation.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco probably just played himself into a multi-million dollar long term contract
Joe Flacco: A
Joe Flacco just pulled an Eli Manning. He set off a firestorm at the beginning of the season by claiming he was elite, backed himself into the playoffs, and then went on an amazing run—filled with big throws and huge performances—to win the Super Bowl. And he did it all during a contract year. Insert a Jerry Maguire ‘show me the money’ reference because Joe Flacco just got paid.
Colin Kaepernick: B
Colin Kaepernick was visibly nervous for the first half of the game—but can you really blame him, it’s the Super Bowl for crying out loud. Kaepernick, who has not been a starter for a full season yet, played well during the second half of Sunday’s game and, at times, performed like a superstar. There were moments when the young quarterback looked unstoppable. I have to imagine that every Ravens’ fan in the country was terrified during that final goal line stand. Kaepernick has some big shoes to fill—having to live up to the standards set by Joe Montana and Steve Young, but, by the looks of things, he is already off to a great start.
Jim Harbaugh made a few coaching mistakes on Sunday that he would love to have back
Jim Harhaugh: C
Jim Harbaugh is a fantastic coach and might actually be the best one in the league, but he was not in top form Sunday night. The 49ers mismanaged their timeouts, the clock at the end of the game, and looked out of sync from the coaches all the way down to the players. And, worst of all, the team could not manage to come up with a decent play on that crucial 3rd-and-13 following the blackout—they had over half-an-hour to figure something out. Harbaugh might have been feeling the tremendous pressure to live up to huge coaching reputation that he has built.