This year’s Super Bowl had something for everybody. It ended up being a competitive game. You had great story lines throughout the week. The game was filled with explosive plays and the halftime show was worth sticking around to see. Even the conspiracy theorists had something to gripe about the morning after. Twenty years from now, what will you remember about the game?
Going into the game, we heard plenty of stories about two brothers leading their troops into battle. Then you had the Good Reverend Ray Lewis giving his last sermon as the leader of the Raven congregation. Don’t get me wrong; I respect the Jim and John Harbaugh and Lewis to the utmost, but by Super Bowl Eve, I stopped watching all of the pregame shows because I was tired of hearing all of these storylines. I spent the 24-48 hours leading up to the kickoff looking at those previous Super Bowl highlight films or Law & Order marathon segments.
But when it was all said and done, we got one hell of a game and more. The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31. Based on the score, one would think the game was an instant classic. There have been better games from twists and turns on and off the field.
Some looked at this game as Ray Lewis’s final sermon. As much as he will go down as one of the greatest linebackers that the NFL has ever produced, some were getting tired of his NFL/Preacher press conferences. I just look at this as a fitting way for him to hang up the cleats.
The Ravens raced out to a 21-6 lead at halftime. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco basically secured the game MVP while Beyonce was backstage warming up her vocal chords. Flacco finished went 22-of-33 for 287 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 124. He dissected the Niner’s defense with surgeon-like precision aided by spectacular performances by his wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Jacoby Jones. All Flacco had to do to secure the MVP trophy and the win was guide his squad through the second half. That is much easier said than done.
NFL halftimes generally last about 15 minutes. Due to the Super Bowl halftime show, it was extended to 30 minutes. And boy was it worth it. Beyonce put on an electrifying performance, no pun intended. She sung all of her classic hits and reunited with her former group, Destiny’s Child, which was nice to see.
Then Jones took the second half opening kickoff 108 yards to the house, extending the lead to 28-6. All looked good for Flacco and the Ravens. Then suddenly, the pendulum swung towards San Francisco’s side. Half of the Mercedes Benz Superdome went dark. I’m not talking about a bank of lights. We are talking about half of the stadium was in complete darkness and lost power. In the midst of all of the confusion, the 49ers were able to regroup and made a valiant comeback.
They were four yards away from taking the lead with under two minutes to go. Then the Ravens made one of the best, if not the greatest, goal line stand in Super Bowl history. Some will cry that it was aided by the referees who did not give wide receiver Michael Crabtree the holding call many thought he deserved on San Francisco’s final play.
The conspiracy theorists will say that the referees blew the game for the Niners. Not so fast my friends. You don’t cry about the refs when you find yourself down by 22 points. On the other hand, some might say that the 49ers would not have been in the game if the power outage gave them a chance to catch their breath and regroup.
This game had a little bit of everything. The Harbaugh saga was unprecedented. John, while elated for winning, was devastated for beating his little brother. Ray Lewis got to go out a winner. We were presented with a great halftime show and a competitive game. And we had a power outage that will have the conspiracy theorists questioning what took place for years to come. Yes, this Super Bowl will be remembered for many reasons.