The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl proving yet again that regular season records mean little in predicting the playoffs. By translating a 10-6 record in to a 4-0 playoff run, the Ravens have made history by becoming the first team in history to win a Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers.
When NFC West football coaches, players, and fans look back on this season, the biggest lesson might be, “Make sure to show up to play in the first half of playoff games.” While both the Seahawks and 49ers looked as talented as any team in football this year, their habit of digging themselves in to a hole and relying on perfect execution late in games backfired. Instead of the NFC West holding a Lombardi Trophy, the 49ers finish the season more closely resembling the team that couldn’t beat the Rams than the team that was predicted by many to win it all.
In my last article I predicted that the Ravens would pass to set up the run. As it would turn out, the Ravens rushing attack was never a factor at all. Luckily for them, they scored their three offensive touchdowns on pass plays. They ended the game with only 93 rushing yards, and averaged a measly 2.7 yards per carry. On a normal day, that would not be enough to move the chains.
However, especially for Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, this was not a normal day. His three first half touchdowns were enough to bury the 49ers in a deep hole. They were also enough to set a new NFL record with 11 touchdown passes in a single post season without an interception.
Flacco’s first pass was thrown to the middle of the end zone to Anquan Boldin who found a pocket between two defenders. The next touchdown was a 1-yard pass to Dennis Pitta who calmly spiked the ball. The body language of the Ravens squad exuded confidence. The third touchdown made people stop and look. It was a 56-yard completion to Jacoby Jones, who caught the ball in the air, fell down, and got up in time to elude San Francisco defenders on his way to the end zone.
With the possession of the ball to start the second half, the Ravens were in good position with a 21-6 lead at halftime. By the time Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown, things were looking great.
It looked like a good old fashioned Super Bowl blowout, until, of all things, the power went out in the Super Dome. While the power outage delayed the game for 34 minutes, it is impossible to judge what effect it had on the two teams. Some say that the 49ers benefited by being allowed to regroup and kill Baltimore’s momentum.
It could be just as easily presumed that Baltimore benefited from the blackout, by being allowed to regain some energy that allowed them to withstand the onslaught that was soon to come. In the end, the real beneficiary of the power out was probably the bar owners across the world who kept their patrons drinking for an extra half hour. At the end of the unexpected intermission, the game really started to get competitive, and turned in to what many called an instant classic.
Colin Kaepernick, who was flustered and ineffective early, suddenly was able to connect with Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. Both receivers topped one hundred yards, and Crabtree hauled in a touchdown. The other two 49er touchdowns were run in by Frank Gore who ran for a game best 110 yards, and Kaepernick who celebrated his touchdown run with a highly predictable kiss of his tattoo.
While the touchdown brought the 49ers to within a field goal of the Ravens, perhaps Kaepernick’s celebration was a bit premature if not entirely unnecessary. The Ravens would go on to build their lead to 5 on a Justin Tucker field goal giving the 49ers time to take the lead.
However, Baltimore’s defense held tight on a four-down goal line stand that included one controversial non-call in the end zone on a ball thrown to Michael Crabtree. While Jimmy Smith clearly had a handful of jersey, Crabtree was also engaged in contact. Being that it’s a Super Bowl, I’m a big believer in letting the players play, and saving the flags for obvious penalties, like the illegal formation that stalled a promising opening drive by San Francisco.
After turning the ball over on downs, San Francisco’s defense was able to hold the Ravens to a three and out. The Ravens, who had faked a field goal earlier in the game, pulled another unorthodox special teams move. With twelve seconds left, the punter, Sam Koch, scrambled around in the end zone for eight seconds before running out of bounds giving the 49ers a safety and two points.
The score tightened to 3 points, but with four seconds left on the clock, a field goal was not a possibility. Instead of punting from the end zone with 12 seconds left, the Ravens were able to kick off with four seconds left. There were no repeats of the music city miracle as Baltimore’s kickoff team found the ball quickly, and made the winning tackle as time expired.
It was a fitting end to an exciting season of NFL football. The Ravens have some questions surrounding an aging defense, and a free agent quarterback, but have been consistently competitive over the years. The 49ers also look like they’re built to compete for years to come.
The Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, and Denver Broncos all exited the playoffs with unfulfilled expectations. Expect them to be in the thick of the hunt next season. But, until then, The Baltimore Ravens deserve to hold their well-earned title of NFL Champions.
Tags: Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens, Colin Kaepernick, Dennis Pitta, Denver Broncos, featured, football, Frank Gore, Green Bay Packers, Jacoby Jones, Jimmy Smith, Joe Flacco, Justin Tucker, Michael Crabtree, NFC West, nfl, playoffs, Popular, power out, Sam Koch, San Francisco 49ers, Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks, St. Lois Rams, Super Bowl, super bowl mvp, Super Bowl XLVII, Super Dome, Vernon Davis
This Super Bowl was just plain weird. Not that I really cared who won, but I’m glad San Francisco lost. I don’t like Jim Harbaugh and I don’t like San Francisco fans, at least the ones I have had contact with, and you know who you are… Just kidding! Seriously! You’re great people, really…
Since the Seahawks got totally screwed by the NFL with that early morning game in Atlanta I didn’t really have a dog in this fight (so much for journalist impartiality). The way the 49ers fans thought they deserved to be in this game after the butt whoopin the Hawks handed them in Seattle was just ignoring the truth. The Niners backed into this game by not having to face Seattle and they know it. Sure they beat Atlanta…barely. Try doing that at 0-dark thirty west coast time. And if not for SF’s tie against the Rams the Hawks would have had your conference title and your bye week. But I digress…
Did anyone else go get a pedicure during the national anthem? MAN that was long! Well done, but tooooo looooong. And that whole halftime show was BOOOOORING. Sorry. Beyonce is a lovely and talented singer/dancer but I think she sang the same word for something like 15 minutes! Besides that, it was like watching a 30 minute Bud Light commercial. Where’s a good marching band when you need one?
The power outage was interesting. I’ve seen a QB change make a game turn. I’ve seen a snow storm make a game turn. But I’ve NEVER seen a power outage totally turn a game around like this. The Seahawks should remember that trick next time they find themselves down by 20 at home. In the end, the 49ers got screwed by the refs on that last non-call for holding; so welcome to Seattle’s world SF. One wonders if they might have gotten “Bettised”; you remember the love-fest the league and network was giving the retiring Jerome Bettis before the Seattle/Pittsburgh Super Bowl in which Seattle suffered a number of bad calls. It’s heart warming to think the refs might have been “letting them play” for Ray Lewis, a guy who plea bargained away a double homicide a few years back, getting 12 months probation instead of double life in prison. (There I go digressing again! Dang!) Yes, getting hosed by the refs in the Big Game is great fun, and now the Niners know how it feels. And so ends their 5-0 Superbowl streak.
Now it’s on to the NFL draft and next season. I fully expect it’ll be the Seahawks and Russell Wilson who will get it done next year. With his learning curve well in the past, Wilson will be unstoppable. I wish I could have seen him in this game, but next year will be even more incredible. Seattle was the team no one wanted to play the second half of the year. Next year, it will be that way from week one on because Russell is ready. As for the rest of the NFC West, don’t get too excited. You’re getting better, but as long as Wilson, Carroll, and Schneider are in the picture it’s going to be tough going to get past Seattle.
Just for fun, I’m live blogging the commercials. Thought on the game will come after the game is over. I’m joined by my wife for this. See watches a lot more TV than I do by a lot. I consider her an expert on this subject.
KM is me, Keith Myers. tW is what my wife wanted her initials to be. It stands for “the Wife.” I approve. She’s awesome like that.
KM: I’m supposed to have thoughts?
tW: I hope they have a dog one like the “here-we-go” one from a year ago.
tw: I also think we should keep track of how many times we see the Mannings
K: Was that a commercial for the flaming lips?
tW: So now it’s totally hip to be a parent? good to know.
As crazy as Super Bowl Sunday can be, the prop bets are always crazier.
I took a look over at Bodog.com and I have to admit, some of these are pretty hilarious. Here are my favorites:
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will Alicia Keys be booed during or after her rendition of the US National Anthem?
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – What will be higher?
Randy Moss Receptions Super Bowl XLVII
How many times Jackie or Jack Harbaugh are shown on TV during Live Broadcast
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – What Color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team?
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Who will the Super Bowl MVP of the Game thank first?
Teammates 5/4 8/5
Family 12/1 15/1
Owner 15/1 20/1
Does Not Thank Anyone 9/4 3/2
Can’t bet on Kaepernick thanking his biceps unfortunately. That seems shortsighted by the book manager.
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – How many times will “Harbaugh” be said during the game?
Over/Under 20 ½ 21 ½
I’m taking the over. WAY over. I’m thinking it’ll be in 80′s.
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will Beyonce’s hair be Curly/Crimped OR Straight at the beginning of the Super Bowl Halftime show?
Straight -140 (5/7) -200
Curly/Crimped EVEN (1/1) +150
No option for shaved? what happened to Bald is Beautiful?
As somebody who is not going to be watching the Super Bowl (I’ll be skiing) and has been all but completely disinterested in it as soon as I saw who the two contenders are, I figured I’d make a contribution to your Super Bowl party. I have hosted a party myself for the last eight years and am taking this year off, so the recipes that I’m about to provide are tried and true. I consider myself a good cook and somewhat of a foodie so they are being provided by somebody who truly loves food.
First up is chili. I love spicy food. When I say love, I mean really f*ck!ng love spicy food. If you just said in your head that you also like spicy food, multiply that a few times and you have me. Because of this fact, I usually make two batches of chili: a super human batch (for me) and a normal human batch (for most everyone else).
The foundation of the chili is from Carroll Shelby’s Chili Kit. You can get at just about any grocery store although it’s always hidden somewhere. It is a little tan and red box that has all the basic spices you’ll need.
1 pound ground beef
1 pound steak (top sirloin or chuck depending on your preference)
8 ounce can of tomato sauce
1 can pinto beans
1 can kidney beans
Peppers (I like habaneros, serranos, and jalapenos, but you can pick whatever you want)
Other Options: cayenne pepper, hot sauce like Frank’s Red Hot, can of diced tomatoes.
- Dice up onions and peppers.
- Cut steak into .5 – 1 inch cubes and brown over medium-high heat in a pot or pan adding a slight amount of oil if needed. Once browned, drain and set aside.
- Brown ground beef and then drain. Add steak back in.
- Add onions and peppers now or you can add when browning meat.
- Add tomato sauce, 16 ounces of water, spice packet from chili kit, cayenne pepper (from kit isn’t enough, I’d recommend adding some of your own as well), and a little salt (I usually use no salt).
- If you add can of diced tomatoes, cut water in half to 8 ounces.
- Stir together, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Rinse kidney and pinto beans and add to chili. Simmer 5 minutes.
- Mix masa flour from chili kit with 1/3 cup of water and stir into chili. Simmer 5 more minutes.
- You’re done. If you don’t like your chili thick, omit masa flour or use it and add water at the end to get the consistency you want.
*The times are approximate and you can add anything else you think might be good. I added cubed potatoes last time and that turned out nicely although you have to precook them a bit or cook the chili longer.
Buffalo wings are also a good party food. Here is a sauce that I like and appeals to most people.
Ingredients for bourbon buffalo wing sauce
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large shallot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
¼ cup bourbon
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
1 cup chili sauce
1 cup BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s if I don’t have any homemade stuff on hand)
½ cup prepared buffalo wing sauce (such as Frank’s)
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Stir to prevent burning. It should be softened and smell great.
- Mix in ancho chili powder, chili sauce, BBQ sauce, and wing sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Keep warm while you bake or fry the wings. Or keep over low to have available. The sauce gets really thick when it’s cool.
*Once again, I might add a bit more hot sauce but that’s a preference issue. This is a sweet, spicy wing sauce.
I have lots of other recipes so if anybody has any special requests, put them in the comments section and I’d be happy to oblige. I would also suggest having a cooler/tub filled with beer and ice in the living room so people don’t have to constantly go to the kitchen every time they need a refill.
*Update: I added bacon to my chili last time and that turned out well. 12 ounces of beer is also good. Or if you roast your own peppers (very easy to do), that’s also good. I suggest poblanos. Basically things that are smoky and rich can really enhance the layers of flavor in a good chili.
The 2013 Super Bowl is this week and we wanted to get you all the info you need to follow the action this Sunday. The Seahawks may not be playing in this game, but lets face it, we’re all going to watch anyways.
What: Super Bowl XLVII
When: Sunday February 3, 2013
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m., ET
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Stadium Info: The Superdome
Weather Forecast: Who cares? It’s in a Dome!
National TV Network: CBS
Live Stream: CBS Sports: Super Bowl XLVII live stream
Local Radio: AM 710 KIRO is listed, but i was unable to verify it since their website sucks.
Anyone throwing a Super Bowl Party?
It appears the Seahawks have … [visit site to read more]
Hasselbeck didn’t seem to start off on the right foot in Seattle. Immediately following his arrival as Holmgren’s hand picked protege’, Trent Dilfer showed up fresh off a Super Bowl. Hasselbeck eventually lost his starting job to Dilfer as a result of poor decisions and trying to force the ball into bad situations. I can’t say for sure, but it seemed to me like Hasselbeck was not happy with the Hawks as he was watching his career in Seattle dissolve in the shadow of Trent Dilfer.
Eventually Matt would get his starting job back, however, 2 things needed to happen first:
1. Difer had to give Matt the discipline he lacked as an NFL quarterback. I can’t help but think of a selfish Jeff Garcia going to the Raiders and refusing to help their younger quarterbacks in fear of losing his own starting job. I hate selfish guys who put their own needs in front of the team, and that is exactly what Garcia did. Dilfer on the other hand, the consummate professional and friend, did the exact opposite. In fact, I would go as far as to say that a big part of the Hawks success was due to Dilfer’s ability to put his team before himself. He was a good quarterback and a great guy. Why he is on NFL Live and not a quarterback’s coach somewhere is mighty surprising to me.
2. Matt needed to listen. I am going to paraphrase this rather than spend an hour trying to find the quote. I remember him being asked what he (Matt) thought was the turning point of his career with the Seahawks, and he stated, “I just started listening to Mike.” Sounds simple… right? Not for me. I hate being told exactly what to do. I prefer to make my own mistakes and learning from them myself regardless of the experience of those around me. What’s the word I am looking for? Stubborn. I think Matt was the same way when he first came on the scene in Seattle, however, time and adversity helped shape into a Super Bowl caliber quarterback. My point is that I think Matt is not listening again but for different reasons this time. Before he was a cocky, brash kid from Boston with an age appropriate ego. Now he is a pro bowl quarterback reaching for just one solid year to retire on, so he can rest well at night unlike his previous mentor Brett Favre who is probably still sleeping on the couch dreaming about what life would be like had he retired the previous year. Matt just wants to go out on top, and I can’t say that I really blame him all that much.
I am still not sure what to do with Matt. Part of me is ready to move on right now and see what Whitehurst has to offer. I am not expecting much, but one will never know until one tries. Another part of me still believes in Matt because of everything he has been through as a Seahawk. All the ups and especially the downs. He’s been there with all of us for a decade now, and it’s hard to say goodbye.
I got this video from Jeff Millard. It is very cool. Find out how you could win tickets to the next Super Bowl or a free season of NFL Ticket.
What does it mean to be a “Displaced” Seahawks Fan? In the below video James Southerland, 2009 Ultimate Displaced Fan Finalist, explains what it is like to be a Hawks fan in Los Angeles. His entry nearly earned him a trip for two the Super Bowl to meet his favorite Seahawks player. As a finalist he was awarded free installation and a year of complimentary DIRECTV PREMIER programming along with the 2010 NFL SUNDAY TICKET service.
James Sutherland remembers crying at 8 years old when Norm Johnson of the Seattle Seahawks missed a field goal against the Houston Oilers in the playoffs. Over twenty years later James is still a Seahawks fan,” I live and die with a team that regularly dies.” His devotion to his team has influenced some of his Southern California friends to convert Seahawk fans. He has dealt with persecution for his choice in team and even with the less than positive memories of the Seahawks, he still loves the team, a love that he describes as contagious.
With that being said, I have noticed this year’s contest does not have one Seahawks fan in the Top 20. Where you at? It’s easy to be a Displaced Patriots or Cowboys fan, but as James said, the Displaced Seattle Seahawks fan is a special breed as they do not jump the bandwagon. Check out some of this year’s entry and you will see it will not take mush to become a finalist…
To enter in DirecTV’s Ultimate Displaced Fan search click here. The grand prize includes a trip for two to Dallas and tickets to Super Bowl XLV. While in Dallas, you will experience an NFL fan’s dream week, including participation in your own media tour at the Super Bowl media center’s famed “radio row” alongside your favorite player from the Seahawks. The winner will also participate in the nationally televised DIRECTV Celebrity Beach Bowl flag football game where their teammates will include former NFL stars and Hollywood celebrities. In addition, you will receive a year of complimentary DIRECTV monthly programming, along with the 2011 NFL SUNDAY TICKET service. Check out the 2009 Ultimate Displaced Fan’s experience.
Has anyone else noticed how many former Seahawks players have been acquired by the Detroit Lions? Like Al Davis’ attraction to former University of Washington athletes, the Lions seem to have an affinity for players who have played for the Seahawks.
Detroit’s front office is obviously trying to build a competitive football team, but aren’t they aware that Seattle’s roster has only won nine games in two seasons? And don’t they know that most of Seattle’s former players have been dumped as the team moves forward from the Tim Ruskell era?
I understand that sometimes a change of scenery is beneficial for different players. New teams can usually offer better opportunities, more appropriate schemes, and less expectations.
Rob Sims, for example, will probably be a pretty good player for the Detroit Lions. Sims’ style of blocking is more suitable in a power-blocking scheme; the Seahawks switched to a zone-blocking scheme last season, and Sims became expendable.
Playing in the shadow of Steve Hutchinson didn’t exactly promote stress-free development, either. While playing a position that is usually unobserved, Sims was regularly critiqued and criticized for mistakes by Seahawks fans who were used to watching a Hall of Fame guard on the field.
Detroit offers a better opportunity, a better scheme for his talents, and far less expectations for a left guard. Oh, and according to Rob, unlike Seattle, Detroit is a football town.
But why have the Detroit Lions acquired so many former Seahawks? Is it just coincidental that expendable Seahawks seem to fit well with what Detroit is trying to do? Has Detroit’s front office developed a good working relationship with Seattle’s, generating more regular, productive talks?
You don’t typically see one football team plunder another team in decline. Since 2007, the Seattle Seahawks have become older and less competitive, leading to heavy turnover within the franchise. But since that same time, the Detroit Lions have been furiously working to bring in former Seahawks.
Championship-caliber teams are usually victims of pillaging via free agency and trade. After the Seahawks lost Super Bowl XL, they lost a handful a starting players and contributors. Other teams, hoping to mimic Seattle’s success, took whatever they could from the talented Seahawk roster.
The Seattle Seahawks are not a championship-caliber team. They have not been one for nearly five years, so it just seems strange that so many former Seahawks are in Detroit.
Nate Burleson, Will Heller, Lawrence Jackson, Julian Peterson, Maurice Morris, and Rob Sims are all currently on Detroit’s roster. Combined, those six players started a total of 166 games for the Seattle Seahawks before they joined the Detroit Lions.
And don’t forget, there were a lot of rumors about Detroit having a lot of interest in signing Leroy Hill as a free agent before the Seahawks secured his future in Seattle with the franchise tag (and then a long-term deal). I wonder if they’re still interested in Hill?
If the Seahawks decide to churn the roster anymore than they already have, the Detroit Lions will surely be interested in whatever pieces are deemed expendable.
Tags: Al Davis, Detroit Lions, football, John Schneider, Julian Peterson, Lawrence Jackson, LeRoy Hill, Maurice Morris, Nate Burleson, nfl, Other, Pete Carroll, Rob Sims, Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks, Steve Hutchinson, Super Bowl, Tim Ruskell, Washington Huskies, Will Heller
The past few days have been pretty busy around Seattle; Seafair weekend offered plenty of activities that kept everyone mostly entertained.
It was not a perfect weekend, however.
The weather wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either. Overcast skies and occasional rain showers aren’t exactly ideal for outdoor activities in the summer.
Along with the weather, Seattle-area residents were reminded of Super Bowl XL. Rain in August suddenly didn’t seem so bad.
Nearly five years ago, the Seattle Seahawks played the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL. It was the first Super Bowl appearance ever for Seattle and an optimistic fan base had never been more excited about professional football. According to the Pacific Northwest and before XL, the Seattle Seahawks were the best team in the National Football League that season.
Seattle scored 452 points during the 2005 regular season, more than any other offense. Matt Hasselbeck completed 65.5% of his passes and Shaun Alexander scored a then-NFL record 28 touchdowns. The offense was fueled by four Pro Bowl blockers, including Mack Strong, Robbie Tobeck, Steve Hutchinson, and Walter Jones.
After defeating the Carolina Panthers 34-14 at Qwest Field, there was no reason not to feel confident. The Seahawks, featuring an explosive offense and an opportunistic defense, were the team to beat.
And then the worst possible scenario occurred: not only did the Seattle Seahawks lose Super Bowl XL, they lost a game marred by several questionable calls. That devastating loss brought the city of Seattle from the highest high to the lowest low.
Seahawks fans aren’t whiners. They aren’t unsportsmanlike or sore losers. Seattle is a championship-deprived city that felt robbed following Super Bowl XL.
I think everyone understands that good teams will play through bad penalties. Unfortunately, the Seattle Seahawks were not a good team on February 5, 2006. Bad calls may have left a bad taste in the mouths of Seahawks fans, but there is no guarantee the Steelers wouldn’t have won even with better officiating.
But the pain still lingers. Super Bowl XL is like an open wound that never really heals. The questionable calls will forever leave Seattle fans asking, “What if?”
What if Darrell Jackson wasn’t flagged for pass interference? What if Ben Roethlisberger was called down short of the goal line? What if Sean Locklear wasn’t called for holding?
Unfortunately, there’s an endless amount of questions that could be asked.
When Bill Leavy admitted fault last week, it didn’t heal any wounds. As a fan, I did not feel vindicated or any better about the loss.
I didn’t need Bill Leavy to tell me he screwed up. It may justify any lingering bitterness, but it also opens wounds suffered over four years ago.
I try to forget. But I can’t stop asking, “What if?”
At least now we aren’t only whining; Bill Leavy admitted he screwed up:
It was a tough thing for me. I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game, and as an official you never want to do that. It left me with a lot of sleepless nights, and I think about it constantly. I’ll go to my grave wishing that I’d been better.
The only true vindication will come when the Seahawks bring a Lombardi trophy back to Seattle. Until then, it will be hard to forget or forgive what happened in Super Bowl XL.
Tags: Bill Leavy, championship, football, Lombardi Trophy, Mack Strong, Matt Hasselbeck, National Football League, nfl, officiating, Opinion, Pittsburgh Steelers, Qwest field, referees, Robbie Tobeck, Seahawks, Seattle, Seattle Seahawks, Shaun Alexander, Steve Hutchinson, Super Bowl, Super Bowl XL, Walter Jones