OK, sports nuts of btalks! I know we are several days past the big game, but wanted others thoughts on it.
Here are a few observations from (boasting) btalks biggest football fanatic!
What went right for the Ravens:
1. Their emotional level was CONSISTANTLY higher than the 49ers. They were a wildcard and had to do it ALL on the road in the post season. They were battle tested and appeared as if they had everything to gain and nothing to lose. Their path to 47 reminded me a lot of the road warrior Steelers team that won Superbowl 45(?).
2. Flacco was good. But, IMO, he wasn’t the MVP-his offensive line was the MVP. When you give your quarterback a 10 alligator rush, he’s going to find SOMEONE open. Besides a few jailbreaks later in the game, that o-line was lights out. That was no small accomplishment against that 49 front 7. Flacco was BARELY touched in the first half.
3. The Ravens game out of the gate fast. They didn’t wait around for the Niner offense to get rolling (which, it eventually did).
What went wrong for the 49ers
1. 3 first half red zone visits-resulting in 6 measly points and a turnover. That’s 21 blown points people! Reminds me of the 2011 Alex Smith 49er team. Unacceptable for football’s biggest stage. Even punching ONE of those trips for 7 would have made the difference in the game.
2. Their secondary was attrocious. While they have one of the most feared front 7 in football, they need to patch up what has, at times appeared to be a pourous secondary.
Much Ado About Nothing; overtalked about NON factors:
1. “The power outage was a momentum killer for Baltimore and fueled the 49 comeback” Hogwash! Does anyone need to be reminded that the outage occured only a few minutes into the 3rd quarter? The nearly hour long half time didn’t seem to quell the momentum since the Ravens ran the second half kickoff back 106 yards! The Ravens can blame themselves for the 49er comeback. The blackout had nothing to do with it. The Ravens simply FORGOT that there was still half a game to play against a team that has had some notable comebacks this year. So, keep you’re men focused, Coach John, and QUIT YOUR WHINING!
2. The ‘no call’ on the 49ers last drive. Lets be fair, Coach Jim, that call could have gone EITHER way. Both players were pushing and shoving. Crabtree was doing some pushing off himself. I suppose in a critical part of the game, the best call when both parties are guilty, IS a non call. Defensive pass interference-one sideline errupts in anger for good reason. Offensive pass interference-the other sideline errupts in anger for good reason. It was a good ‘no call’ from an officiating standpoint.