Momentum is not actually a determining factor in sports. Nor is manifest destiny, at least not in the way Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis describes it with God wanting Baltimore to win and then making that outcome happen, by, I don't know, planting atrocious, goal-line pass plays in 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman's brain for that final decisive series.
Nice work, God. Solid touch.
That is why Super Bowl XLVII never was about God gifting Lewis a ring, as much as he wanted that to be so, or the 34-minute power outage, or even that brutal no-call on what was a pass interference by Baltimore at the end, although that is getting warmer. What Super Bowls and sporting events always boil down to is which team and players rise up to meet the moment.
And why Baltimore defeated San Francisco, 34-31, was because the quarterback so many believed to be incapable of greatness delivered just that.
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