THERE SEEM TO BE THREE THINGS MOST PEOPLE AGREE ON regarding last night’s Super Bowl, which saw Baltimore hold off San Francisco 34-31 to win its second championship.
1. The 34-minute power outage provided a wonderful opportunity to make puns about the way the game had gone to that point.
2. Beyonce’s set list might be a matter of personal musical preference, but the halftime show’s visuals were stunning.
3. That clydesdale ad was really sweet.
BEYOND THAT, WELL, IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU WERE SEEKING. This Maryland native was hoping for a Ravens win and got it, but I can’t say I thought it was going to happen after the furious rally by San Francisco in the second half. In fact, I was certain the Ravens were toast when the Niners had it first-and-goal with under two minutes to go.
AND MAYBE THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN. There was a ton of contact between Michael Crabtree and Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith on the fourth down pass. Says 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh: “No question in my mind there was a pass interference and a hold on Michael Crabtree on that last one.”
But it’s tough to make that call if you’re an official, and I’m puzzled as to why Harbaugh even allowed it to get to that point. Designed runs for the brilliant Colin Kaepernick were the way to go in that series, particularly against a Ravens defense that looked completely gassed. Harbaugh appears to be the only guy who didn’t think so.
AFTER A ROUGH START, KAEPERNICK WAS THE MOST IMPRESSIVE GUY ON THE FIELD in the second half. Some of those throws? My goodness, what an arm. And it would have been very easy for him to collapse when the Niners trailed by 22 points. He didn’t.
SPEAKING OF COOL, JOE FLACCO once again did not flinch. The Super Bowl MVP threw three touchdown passes and hit Anquan Boldin on that incredibly risky/gutsy pass on third-and-short in the fourth quarter. Outside of Jacoby Jones’ 108-yard kick return, that might have been the play of the game.
AS MUCH AS PEOPLE WANT TO SAY THE POWER OUTAGE TOTALLY CHANGED THE MOMENTUM, I thought it was more coincidence. You knew the Niners had the chops to come back — they did it in the NFC championship game, after all — and they had the offensive line to move the ball. They just started making the plays they weren’t making in the first half.
Great game, great finish. Bring on the pitchers and catchers.
-The partying geriatrics in the Taco Bell spot.
-The Paul Rudd/Seth Rogen ad for Samsung.
-The Doritos dress-up ad.
-The Hyundai ad about the bully. “Come back when you have a team.”
-The Cars.com ad: “Put down the wolf.”
-The Paul Harvey farmer ad for Ram.
-The Allstate ad about the forbidden fruit, mostly for the “You’re a ref, you’re a ref, you’re a ref, make me proud” part.
-The aforementioned clydesdale add.
COMMERCIALS I DIDN’T LIKE
-The Oreo library fight. Lazy slapstick stuff.
-The GoDaddy kiss. Just nasty.
-The Miracle Stain. A lot of people seem to like this one; not me.
-Bud Light voodoo. Really disappointed in the recent efforts of Bud Light, which has delivered some of the best ads over the years. This superstition stuff isn’t doing it for me.
TOUGH LOSS: Virginia squanders a nine-point lead with less than 8 minutes to go and falls at Georgia Tech 66-60. Doug has the details here.
MAKING IT WORK: Andy writes that Bryan Stinespring is willing to put his ego aside following his demotion from offensive coordinator. “It’s always been the right situation for me and my family,” he said. “Virginia Tech’s part of who I am. It’s inside of me. It’s something I care a great deal about. … The central figure is Virginia tech and these kids that you love and have loved for over 20 years, and this university and this program, then it’s not so difficult.”
IDENTIFY THE MOVIE
“Just like the saying says, you know? In the poker game of life, women are the rake.”