The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens trailed at halftime of their respective conference championship games last Sunday. On the road in a hostile Georgia Dome, the 49ers fell behind the Atlanta Falcons 17-0 early in the second quarter and found themselves down 10 points after 30 minutes.
The Ravens, outplayed in all three facets of the game in the first half, trailed the Patriots 13-7 at intermission in Foxboro.
Thirty minutes later, both visitors -- after shutting out their opponents in their home buildings over the final two quarters -- were headed to the Super Bowl.
Point to a key turnover or a third-down conversion if you'd like, but something inside the locker room during those halftime sessions changed the tone and script of both games. On the field, there were key plays and moments. On the sidelines, there were crucial coaching adjustments made.
That's not a coincidence. The dream seasons for both teams have been spearheaded by crucial coaching adjustments....