I want to start this blog by saying thank you to my readers for reading my NFL blogs throughout the 2012-13 NFL season. I have enjoyed the NFL season, and I have enjoyed writing about the games, and some of the controversies. I also thank my editor, Eric Gargiulo, for giving me the platform to speak my mind.
Now that I have gotten that out of the way, the NFL 2012-13 season and post-season ends this Sunday on February 3rd. We are finally at the Super Dome in New Orleans, LA. The biggest game, the one game that all 32 teams want to play in and win, the Super Bowl, will be played.
However, for the winning team, it is all worth it, especially when they are holding that Lombardi in their hands, and the confetti is raining on their heads, and QUEEN’s “We Are The Champions” is blaring from the stadium’s speaker system.
In this blog, I will be discussing some of the NFL tidbits that I have been reading about on the Internet, and on ESPN. I then will discuss both teams in the Super Bowl and which team I think will win.
I will start with just a few of the tidbits.
The first one is the big deal over the Harbaugh brothers facing each other. I understand that two brothers never coached against each other in the Super Bowl. I got it. I just think it is a little much. I watch the Super Bowl to hear about the PLAYERS. I don’t care about the coaches all that much, except during the game if they call a bad play. I mean, we had to have their PARENTS have a press conference too?
Let’s examine 49ers WR Randy Moss’s claim that he “is the greatest WR of all time.” I read that, and nearly fell of my chair. Seriously, dude? I guess Moss never heard of a guy named Jerry Rice, who also played for the 49ers and other teams.
Moss tried to defend his comment by saying that Rice had “Two Hall of Fame QBs throwing him the ball.” Wow. Randy.
Earth to Randy Moss. You had all the talent in the world to be better than Rice. However, after that sensation rookie year with the Minnesota Vikings, you got yourself into some off the field trouble. You also developed that, “I play when I want to play.” attitude. Rice never had that attitude, as he always worked his butt off. Besides, Rice’s work speaks for itself.
Oh, Mr. Moss. You had a second chance to save your career WITH a Hall of Fame (once he retires) QB named Tom Brady, but you eventually messed THAT up.
The last tidbit will be short and sweet. Hall of Fame RB Marshall Faulk made comments this week that he will never get over losing SB XXXVI to the Patriots because of Spygate. Mr. Faulk, dude, move on already. Can’t live in the past.
John Tomase, the author of that Boston Herald article claiming the Pats filmed the Rams walk-through said the article was incorrect. The Boston Herald apologized for the article. Unfortunately, the facts I just mentioned interfere with the good sob story that Faulk is telling.
The Patriots are not even IN the Super Bowl this year. I am just starting to think this dead issue is being brought up on purpose just to take shots at the Patriots, just for the purpose of trying to discredit them.
Well, that is the end of the tidbits during Super Bowl week. Let’s talk football, and I will give my pick for the Super Bowl.
What: Super Bowl XLVII
Where: Super Dome in New Orleans, LA
When: February 3, 2013 on CBS
Kickoff Time: 6:30pm EST
Teams: San Fransisco 49ers (NFC) vs Baltimore Ravens (AFC)
NFC Representative: San Fransisco 49ers
Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh
Starting QB: Colin Kaepernick
How they got here: As the #2 seed, they defeated the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Round after their bye week, and then they beat the #1 seed Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta in the NFC Championship Game.
Their Main Storyline: QB Colin Kaepernick leading the team to the Super Bowl after taking over the team from original starter Alex Smith when Smith (who had the highest QB rating in the NFL) got knocked out with a concussion.
AFC Representative: Baltimore Ravens
Head Coach John Harbaugh
Starting QB: Joe Flacco
How they got here: As the #4 seed, they defeated the Indianapolis Colts at home in the Wild Card Game, and went on the road to defeat both the #1 seed Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round Game and the #2 seed New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.
Their Main Story lines: Joe Flacco needing to back up his claim that he deserves a 17 million dollar plus contract, and that he is “outplaying Peyton Manning.” Ray Lewis’s retirement party that has been lasting forever, and now hearing about these allegations about his alleged use of deer antlers juice.
Of course, for both teams, we are inundated about the news that the Harbaugh brothers are playing each other.
What the 49ers must do to win:
1. Stay focused, and don’t let the Ravens Defense intimidate you..
What I mean is that the Ravens like to play physical, and they use that to their advantage. The Ravens like to intimidate the receivers by hitting them really hard. If they get 15 yards, it doesn’t matter. If one watched the AFC Championship game, Patriot receivers were dropping balls left and right. Part of it was bad execution, but a lot of it was the fear of being hit. The Ravens try to get inside your head defensively.
2. Run the ball.
Yes, the Ravens are a tough defense. Yes, NT Ngata is getting better. However, the 49ers have a tough runner named Frank Gore. Don’t be afraid to run the ball. The 49ers have to keep that defense honest. Also, in spite of all the praise the Ravens defense is getting, they ARE getting old.
3. Do Not Let Ray Rice or Torrey Smith have a big day, and pressure Flacco.
I am a Rutgers graduate, so I can tell you that Rice is special. Don’t let him have a big day. Keep him contained. Be careful if he is used in passing situations as well. The secondary also needs to keep an eye on WR Torrey Smith. That guy will burn you. Ask Champ Bailey.
As for Flacco, his offensive line has been shuffled, and they have done a lot better protecting him. However, this 49ers defense is no joke. How Justin Smith will play with his injured triceps will be the wild card. However, this 49ers pass rush has the ability to get to Flacco. They will need to get to him, as Flacco does have a great long ball in his arsenal.
What the Ravens must do to win:
1. Contain Colin and the Pistol Offense.
The Ravens defense has to be aware of where Colin Kaepernick is at all times. This is why the pistol offense is hard to stop, as it is hard to tell if Colin is going run it himself, hand off the ball to the RB, drop back and throw, or run, and then throw. Somehow, the Ravens defensive line has to force Colin to be one dimensional, and force him to be a pocket passer. They also need to shut down Michael Crabtree, as he is Colin’s favorite receiver.
2. Special Teams need to be Special.
In the Denver game, special teams let 2 scores happen. One on a punt return, and the other on a kickoff return. Even in the Patriots game, special teams let several big runs happen that gave the Patriots good field position. This can not happen in the Super Bowl. The players have to make a tackle, and stop the runner.
3. Joe Flacco- I’m from Missouri. Show Me.
OK, Joe. You finally lead your team to a Super Bowl appearance. In your five years in the NFL, you have lead your team to the playoffs, and won a playoff game. Congratulations.
You have declared yourself the best QB in the game, and now you and your camp want a 17-20 million dollar a year contract based on your belief that you are “outplaying Peyton Manning.” This blog is getting long as it is, or I’d go off about how you are not in Peyton’s LEAGUE as a QB (or Brady, Rodgers, Big Ben, Brees), but that’s another blog for another day.
Well, Mr. Flacco. As the expression goes, “I’m from Missouri. Show Me.” Let’s see if you can lead this team to the franchise’s second Lombardi Trophy, and your first as a SB winning QB. If you do that, then the discussion can begin as to whether you are an “elite” QB, and whether you deserve a huge contract.
So Joe, go out there and lead the team to victory. No stupid interceptions. No fumbling the ball.
My Pick for Super Bowl XLVII:
Well, the coverage I do watch, a lot of it has been focused on Ray Lewis and these Deer Antlers juice allegations. I don’t hear a lot about the game, and who will win and why. I am honestly very disappointed that all the attention that is being focused on Ray Lewis, and his retirement, and the Harbaughs.
I would like to hear about Torrey Smith, and how he got through the season as his brother passed away earlier this year. How about hearing about some of the 49ers players besides Moss? This game should not be about the crying, Bible flaunting, self promoter Ray Lewis.
I would be surprised if this game is a high scoring game. You have two teams with two tough defenses. I mean both offenses can be explosive, but I think the defenses are going to decide this game. I can see this game being a defensive struggle that will put me to sleep. I saw these two teams play against each other, a preview of the Harbaugh Bowl, on Thanksgiving in 2011 on NFL Network, and I turned it off after the first quarter. Bored me silly. If either team gets up to 30 points, it will be a miracle.
I think San Fransisco is the better team, but in my experience of watching this game, it is the hottest team, the team on a roll, that comes up with the Lombardi.
The winner of Super Bowl XLVII is The Baltimore Ravens by a score of 21-13.
Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan