• Of Note (Super Bowl XLVII)

    Every Tuesday, we’ll recap the previous week with a few things of note. Sometimes the obvious is the most interesting, while we’ll try and mix in a surprise or two along the way…

    The Baltimore Ravens became the 12th different franchise to win at least 2 Super Bowls courtesy of their 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Of course, the 49ers are on that list as well but suffered their first Super Bowl loss in 6 attempts. The Pittsburgh Steelers remain the leader with 6 Super Bowl wins, followed by the Cowboys and 49ers (5), Giants and Packers (4), Raiders, Redskins and Patriots (3) and the Ravens, Colts, Broncos and Dolphins (2)…

    Baltimore Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco capped off a terrific 2012 postseason by being named Super Bowl XLVII MVP. His 3 touchdown passes vs. the 49ers culminated a playoff run in which he threw 11 TD passes and 0 interceptions in the wins over the Colts, Broncos, Patriots and 49ers. Flacco’s good play in the postseason actually began in 2010 and since then, he’s thrown for 18 scores and only 2 INTs in his last 8 playoff games. In 5 postseason contests from 2008-09, Flacco threw 1 touchdown pass and was picked off 6 times…

    Speaking of turnovers, the Ravens’ defense lived on takeaways during their playoff run. While Ray Lewis and company gave up plenty of yards, especially on the ground, Baltimore defenders allowed only 7 offensive touchdowns in the wins over the Colts (0), Broncos (3), Patriots (1) and 49ers (3). That’s because John Harbaugh’s club came up with 10 takeaways in the playoffs, 8 at the expense of opposing quarterbacks Andrew Luck (2), Peyton Manning (3), Tom Brady (2) and Colin Kaepernick (1), respectively…

    Meanwhile, San Francisco’s defense became an issue late in the season and was not its usual self in the playoffs as well. While the injury to DT Justin Smith limited his effectiveness, there were other issues as well. It’s worth noting that including playoffs, the 49ers allowed 178 points 19 offensive TD in their last 6 games; this after giving up just 184 points and 16 offensive TD in their first 13 contests in 2012…

    Speaking of the Niners, Jim Harbaugh’s club won the total yardage battle by over a c-note in Super Bowl XLVII (468-367), they came up short on the scoreboard. And as of later, that’s hardly been a surprise in the Big Game as for the sixth time in the last 9 Super Bowls, the team that won the day in terms of total yards wound up losing the game. Of course, the Niners also turned over the football twice to Baltimore’s once on Sunday. A total of 47 Super Bowl champions have now committed 52 turnovers in the Super Bowl, while the 47 losing teams coughed up the ball an astounding 147 times in the game…

    Comments 4 Comments
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Those takeaways were the difference in the game, for me. They came when SF looked to be asserting itself. Without them, the offensive numbers would have looked very different.

      I think back to our search for a killer stat for defense. For me, it has to be takeaways. Problem is, they're crimes of opportunity.
    1. mikesteelnation1's Avatar
      Turnovers and the return touchdown were the difference. That return td broke the niners back. Just my opinion, but if not for the power outage, it would have been a blowout.

      {Go figure, a return td and not being able to corral the heave and pray would lead to a Baltimore win??} (Did the niners watch no game tape of the heave and pray??? I really mean that... )

      Congrats to Baltimore for the win, they deserved it. However, forgive me for being a dissenter, and not being on the flacco bandwagon.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      The procedure penalties and the rookie time management issues are the reason for the defata, even more than the TOs and return TDs, IMHO.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      I'd take it a small step further. The return TD aside, I think all of the other factors, the procedure penalties (with the first play of the game being a perfect example), the time-management (time-outs, and constantly running into issues with the play clock), and turnovers (both an issue of young players trying to do to much) were all a product of inexperience. I thought the experience factor was the biggest difference of all.

      I actually thought the turnovers played little to no role in the outcome. Both of SF's came in the first half, but they rebounded nicely from that. Ray Rice's fumble in the 2nd half, I thought, was the most devastating of the 3 TOs in the game, and was the biggest single play that officially put SF back in the game.

      That and the loss of Haloti Ngata. Once he went out, Frank Gore, who was rendered irrelevant in the first half, suddenly starting gaining consistent yardage, and it became a completely different game. While the power outage played a factor