Found February 03, 2013 on Pro Football Zone:
Ravens fans, you may now exhale, let out a sigh of relief and celebrate. Congratulations to coach John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens on their hard-fought victory. If you’ve swallowed your breath all game long, please resume back to your normal breathing functions. Though I understand the 2nd half of Super Bowl 47 will indefinitely be reminisced as the most exhilarating fifteen minutes of February 3, 2013, the finale isn’t something to pass out over. The 4th quarter started on the San Francisco’s 18-yard-line for the Ravens with a fresh set of downs. Six plays later, after burning two minutes off the clock, the 49ers stood up the birds on their goal line and forced Baltimore to just 3 points from the 1. The 49ers, led by their sophomore sensation Colin Kaepernick, responded by scoring in the ensuing drive on a quarterback scramble from shotgun formation. The 49ers pulled within two points but the two-point conversion attempt fell short — but not really — as Kaepernick’s overthrown pass to Randy Moss was an obvious miscommunication. And how much will they miss those pair of points? The 49ers defense stayed rooted to their philosophy, again preventing the Ravens to score a touchdown from the red zone. After cramming the Ravens on the 20, the 49ers defense left Colin Kaepernick and the offense with 4 minutes and 23 seconds of breathing space to earn their first lead of the game. Kaepernick and Co. took to the field, drove down to the Baltimore 5 and failed to capitalize on three attempts. The right-handed quarterback rolled to his side of comfort and misfired three consecutive shots to Michael Crabtree. His final lob to Crabtree down the rail will be controversial for a while, and the referee, as human being as a human being can be, might’ve missed the obvious holding guilty of cornerback Jimmy Smith. The Ravens tried to run the clock out again but left the exhausted Niners with a glimmer of hope. Instead of taking a delay of game penalty, wise-guy punter Sam Koch pranced around in the end zone and was shoved out of bounds to commit the safety and sacrificed a couple points. 4 seconds wasn’t enough for punt returner Ted Ginn to pull off the miracle for the ages and the Ravens will hoist bragging rights for another year.  Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco will be signing a huge contract soon. Kudos to him. And if I may be quite frank, Super Bowl 47 was a lot easier to watch than to analyze. Need NFL Tickets? var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; script.src = 'http://widget.crowdignite.com/widgets/27484?_ci_wid=_CI_widget_'+_CI.counter; script.async = true; ref.parentNode.insertBefore(script, ref); })();
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Joe Flacco could get a big payday if Ravens Franchise Tag him

There was a time when the Baltimore Ravens did not seem certain that Joe Flacco would be the quarterback of their future.  Of course, they never said this publicly, but the signs were there.  Then, suddenly, Flacco led them to the Super Bowl.  Now, the Ravens may consider placing the Franchise Tag on the young quarterback.  If they do, Flacco will see a nice payday. According...

Do the Ravens have the best QB in the Super Bowl?

Joe Flacco's ability to be an elite QB has been questioned all season.  I've been one that has doubted his ability all regular season and throughout the playoffs.  Has anyone, including me, changed our opinions heading into the Super Bowl? Joe Flacco started the season by stating he was not only an elite QB, but the best QB in the league.  I know some people...

Joe Flacco says he is Going to ‘stick it’ to Ravens Owner with new Contract

  Joe Flacco finished this postseason with 11 Touchdowns, 0 interceptions, a Super Bowl ring, and a Super Bowl MVP award. Sounds elite to me. So now that the season is over, attention turns to Flacco and the Ravens as they now have to attempt to get a deal done because of Flacco’s looming free [...]

Joe Flacco Drops F-Bomb During Super Bowl Postgame

YouTube.com Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had a hell of a game in Super Bowl 47, especially the first half, when he threw three touchdown passes and made his team seem unbeatable. For his work — and because the Ravens’ defense didn’t fully crap the bed and let the 49ers come back and win the game — Flacco was named Super Bowl MVP. After the game, Flacco milled around...

Flacco seizes moment on grand stage

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...

The Baltimore Ravens' 2012 Season in a Nutshell

Last year during the offseason, Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco was making wild statements about how he was an “elite” quarterback and the best in the business.He really sounded like he belonged in a nut house than on the football field.Flacco has been one of those quarterbacks that has seen more downs than ups over his career even though he manages to get the Ravens...

Shining Star: Flacco Wins Super Bowl With Lights-Out Performance

Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens withstood a furious comeback attempt from the 49ers, a 34-minute blackout and the Destiny's Child reunion to win the Super Bowl.

Ravens Survive 49ers In Bizarre Super Bowl XLVII

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Joe Flacco unequivocally proved he belongs with the NFL's elite quarterbacks, while John Harbaugh showed that big brother indeed knows best.And for Ray Lewis, it was the ultimate ending to an absoutely illustrious career.Flacco delivered a lights-out performance -- both literally and figuratively -- at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and the Baltimore...

John Harbaugh Is Mad At The Guy In Charge Of The Lights GIF

See more GIFs here

Ravens hold off 49ers in thriller

A power outage at the Super Bowl put the nation's biggest sporting event on hold for more than a half-hour Sunday, interrupting an otherwise electric, back-and-forth game that ended with Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens as NFL champions thanks to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Flacco, voted the MVP, threw three first-half touchdown passes to cap an 11-TD, zero...

The Muse, Super Bowl Edition: A Quick, Uncreative, but Nevertheless True Rundown of the Numbers behind This Week’s Big Game

The knowledgeable fan is the happy fan.  Here are a few things to keep in mind on Sunday as you [Beyoncé joke here]. The numbers are from the playoffs only.  It makes for a small sample size (three games for the Ravens, and two for the 49ers), but it captures how the teams have performed most recently and in the playoff environment.   Strength vs. Strength The clear strength...

Ed Reed Told John Harbaugh After Super Bowl That He Wants to Be Back With Ravens Next Season

Ray Lewis‘ career finished on a high note on Sunday, but another defensive superstar from the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII win appears primed for a return. Ed Reed, whose name was swirling around the rumor mill this week, wants to finish his career right where it began in Baltimore. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said during his Monday morning news conference that he and Reed chatted...

Kate Upton’s Mardi Gras Beads, Harbaugh Kissing Ravens Owner & Jenn Sterger Minus The Implants

• Kate Upton wearing her Mardi Gras beads • Power company says Superdome at fault • John Harbaugh kissing Ravens owner? • AJ McCarron not beefing w/Musburger • VIDEO: Futboler knocked the f–k out • MUST-SEE: TV Azteca reporter Veronica • Candice Swanepoel. Boat. Bikini. • Jenn Sterger minus the implants! Rudy Gay Power Dunk of the Weekend   Chip Aisle At Supermarket...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.