Baltimore Ravens take Lombardi back to Charm City
What a Super Bowl! It was a long two weeks leading up to the biggest game in professional sports. The headlines on the sibling rivalry between the head coaches, Ray Lewis, Colin Kaepernick and Queen Bey made the anticipation for this game unbearable. The game started off lackluster, but Super Bowl XLVII did deliver on its hype.
Everyone is talking about Joe Flacco’s (Baltimore Ravens quarterback) performance and the large lead the Ravens had early in the game. Flacco is the game’s MVP and he will now get some respect as one of the best QBs in the league. However, this game was not about the offense. Baltimore won because of defense and mental toughness.
The highlights will show Flacco’s three touchdown passes in the first half and Jacoby Jones’ 108 yard kick return for a touchdown. I applaud Flacco for not throwing one interception. The offensive line also deserves credit for protecting him against the third ranked defense in the NFL. I loved seeing Jones set a NFL record with that run, but I have to give kudos to the Ravens defense. It was the defense that prevented San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick a young, mobile quarterback with a strong arm from scoring in the first half.
When the lights came back on after being out for about 30 minutes, the 49ers lit up as well. They scored 17 points and closed the deficit to five points. The Ravens defense was resilient. In the fourth quarter with their team only up by two points, they stopped the 49ers from getting a two-point conversion. On their final play of the game, they successfully executed a goal-line stand that prevented the 49ers from scoring a touchdown and taking the lead with less than two minutes left in the game.
This year, Heels & Helmets awards the Super Bowl REAL GAME CHANGER AWARD to the Ravens defense. This unit only allowed the 49ers to have 2 third down conversions. Their toughness limited San Francisco’s six trips to the red zone to two touchdowns. Finally, when the game and their championship was on the line, they stood at the goal line together and got the ball back on downs. Once again, defense wins championships.
Congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens on their Super Bowl Championship!
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