Whether you were watching for the commercials, the halftime show or simply the football game, Super Bowl XLVII gave its viewers a night to remember.
The Baltimore Ravens didn’t allow the San Francisco 49ers to have a second straight double-digit second half come back as they claimed a riveting 34-31 victory at the Superdome to collect their second championship this millennium.
Now that the dust has settled and everyone has recovered from the dreaded day of work after, what are the top 10 things to take away from this sporting event?
1. Joe Flacco will have the quickest rise in terms of quarterback rankings
Bazooka Joe just shot himself up to elite status faster than Tony Romo moves in and out of this group. Prior to this season, NFL guru John Clayton listed Flacco as the 13th best starting quarterback in the league – one spot away from being ranked in the “Chad Pennington Division.” That’s bad. But Sunday night, in a game in which his defense gave up a whopping 468 total yards, Flacco completed 22 of his 33 passes while throwing for three touchdowns. To add to his newly found greatness, Flacco went through the entire postseason with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. Only Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana had that many touchdowns without any interceptions in the playoffs. It’s time to give credit where credit is due.
2. Super Bowl commercials are overhyped
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel as though the bar has been raised too high for Super Bowl commercials. It has gotten to the point where there are now expectations that maybe one or two commercials are able to reach each year. The rest? Overhyped. It is as if companies try so hard to be the “clever” or “different” one that the audience reacts by scratching their head or thinking about a commercial they saw last week that should have been used for this event.
Just as RGIII captured the hearts of NFL fans across the nation at the beginning of the season, Kaepernick did the same, only on a bigger stage and during a playoff run to the Super Bowl. Oh yeah, and he’s better. Even though Flacco is the quarterback that has the rep of having a big arm, Kaepernick’s average of 10.8 yards per pass showed off his powerful arm and his powerful impact on this team. Even though Alex Smith did a efficient job at the QB position, Kaepernick brings electricity to the field. However, he’s not simply a showman; he’s a winner. And he has the resolve of a veteran leader, coming back time and time again from any deficit. This kid has “it” as ESPN likes to say and should now be considered the best of the plethora of young quarterbacks that are the future of this league.
4. Gardiner’s Furniture Store has a love-hate relationship with Jacoby Jones
This Baltimore-area furniture store probably has many members that were ecstatic to see their team win the Super Bowl. Yet, I believe it may be a bittersweet ecstatic. Because Jacoby Jones returned the opening of the second-half kickoff for a touchdown, the store’s manager will give away $600,000 worth of furniture due to a pre-game “promotion” if you can call it that. Now, anything that was sold from January 31 to February 3 is free. FREE. Even though everything being said from this company is related to how they’re so happy, I bet the customers from last week may be a little happier than the $600,000-less furniture store.
5. San Francisco is the new best sports town for a fan
Talk about #winning. The San Fransisco Giants won the World Series. The Stanford Cardinal won the Rose Bowl. The 49ers just went to the Super Bowl. And in the near future, the sprouting Golden State Warriors, who have extremely loyal fans, plan to move across the bay and play in none other than San Francisco. Watch out Boston, Los Angeles and New York, there’s a new place to bandwagon.
Now, I know most of you are not reading this to get your daily dose of pop culture. But I would just like to say that Beyoncé finally put on a halftime show worth watching. For those that critiqued her for lip-synching at the Presidential Inauguration, Beyoncé’s heavy breathing that went along with her powerful singing and perfectly choreographed dancing showed her showmanship that few can replicate. She is truly an entertainer.
7. Michael Crabtree does not have the clutch gene he had at Texas Tech
Crabtree collected 109 receiving yards, but only 24 of them came in the 4th quarter and those came on a single catch. He was targeted on the 49ers final three possessions, catching none of those passes. On the last attempt on fourth down, if Crabtree had not initiated the contact with Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, he might have had a chance to go up and grab the game-winning touchdown.
8. We shouldn’t think this is the last Harbowl
In the next five years, we will see another Super Bowl matchup between the 49ers and Ravens. Why? Jim and John. These two Harbaugh brothers have shown that this league is different than the NBA and values coaches just as much as superstars. Neither of these teams would have been able to make it to the Super Bowl without their head coach. The Harbaughs have a gift to coach football at the highest level and perform at the highest level. They simply find a way to win. Jim is the third NFL coach since the 1970 merger to take his team to division titles in his first two seasons and the fifth to record two straight 10-win seasons after a losing record the previous season. John is the only coach to take his team to three straight conference games in his first five seasons and to win a playoff game in this same time period. I’d say these brothers may have to plan for a few more awkward dinners in the future.
Even though Superdome officials were worried about a power outage before the game even started, it is still unknown what caused the 34-minute blackout at the stadium. Did San Francisco do this in order to shift the momentum of the game? Was there too much demand for power? Did Gregg Williams put a bounty on these lights? Was Beyoncé too electrifying? Did Bane secretly sneak into New Orleans?
Now that his NFL career has come to a close, what will be Ray Lewis’ lasting image? To be honest, I have no idea. This man has had a life nothing short of bizarre. Some will never be able to forgive and forget about the fact that he may be a cold-blooded murderer that paid a family millions of dollars in order to keep himself out of prison. Some solely focus on his forceful play on the field and the fact that he provided the Ravens with some of the best leadership a sports team could ask for. Some will question whether or not he took illegal substances to cheat the system and become unnaturally bigger and stronger than his competition. Some look at the change he has made since his alleged double murder and how he has begun to follow Christ and give all the glory to him. Some see a champion. However you may look at him, there is no doubt a void will be left in the NFL once Ray Lewis leaves the sport he loves behind.
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