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Smokin Joe Flacco Leads the Ravens to Super Bowl Victory 34-31

An incredible victory concluded an incredible season for the Ravens. This is the story of Baltimore and how intertwined the Ravens and the city have become. In typical nail biting fashion the Ravens surviving.

What a way for Ray Lewis’ career to end –a goal line stand to secure the victory. I thought Jim Harbaugh’s play selection at 1st and goal from the 7 was horrendous. The mis direction runs had been unstoppablle all day yet 3 passes that were futile were attempted.

John had his team much more ready to play. The Ravens totally dominated through the 1st half and established a lead they were able to hold on to. However, I have never seen a game turn so fast after the lights went out. All of a sudden the 49ers mowed through the Ravens like they weren’t there. A sack, a fumble by 27 tremendous running by Gore and Kaepernick brought the 49ers to the brink of victory.

A case could have been for Jacobi Jones as MVP. His TD catch and kickoff return created 2 scores that put the Ravens comfortably in the lead.

I have some great pics of the post game celebration that I will post when I return tomorrow.

Some of the unusual parts of the game
I loved the fake FG —from where I was sitting in the upper end zone it looked Tucker might have hesitated for a split second. 4th and 9 was a strange time for the call. Anyway no harm as the Ravens stiffened on d–got great field position and scored.

I still don’t understand the 3rd and goal from the 1 for the Ravens. And you gotta love Joe’s checkoff on 3rd and inches –thenthrowing a 50-50 to Anquan successfully.

As for the Terps–vernon 6 catches 104 yards but 1 drop of a tough pass–was his usual tremendous self. Torrey –2 catches but the threat was always there. SF doubled hoim most of the game.

Ray Rice 60 on 20. 4 catches for 19 yards–1 fumble but there wasnt much there as far as holes go.

While I am thinking about it, Joe Cool will always have the Ravens in contention but one thing I know. The first time he has a fair game and we lose the fans will be all over him. I’ll say it and I mean–he is the man in the arena –he is 9-4 in the playoffs with 7 road wins. Baltimore has another great QB–I wouldn’t trade him for anyone including Peyton, Brady, RG3, Colin, or Drew. He is the man and we are lucky —Much more tomorrow

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  1. By: freddy from boca | On: February 4, 2013

    vernon davis dropped 2 passes. thank you. ravens go up 28-6 and someone starts singing “turn out the lights the party’s over” and what do you know, someone turned out the lights. joe flacco and the hometown boys jones and reed come up big along with bouldin and the ravens are the champs. how about jimmy smith’s hit breaking up a pass near the goal line. lewis and suggs played like lewis and martin or lewis and clark. ray was playing in slow motion all night and you never heard suggs named mentioned. the niners must have practiced the first play of the game 20 times and then line up wrong negating a 20 yd gain. great game. 99% of the so called experts on espn, cbs, cbs sports and the nfl network picked the niners. some experts. ray rides off with a ring and to be honest i say thank g-d, because i can’t take anymore of ray talking about ray, ray’s team, ray’s city, ray’s boys and ray’s g-d. hey ray, g-d doesn’t care about football. g-d didn’t watch the superbowl..probably watched the puppy bowl. go ravens, go baltimore and goodbye ray.



  2. By: Mricklen | On: February 4, 2013

    Great game, and apparently were “the team of Destiny ” so maybe Ray was ought?
    It did seem that the speed of SF wire down the Ravens as much as light outage.
    Thought at time the fake FG was the dumbest play in SB history. Too close to goal with all players compacted. You take all points you can and build the score gratefully.
    Ravens hopefully will be faster defensively next year. Great game by Joe, amazing what a strong OLine can do.
    Prefer Pierce over Rice, and feel that releasing Rice is a big part of retaining essential defensive pieces with the Cap concerns.
    Pollard is a strong hitter, but poor coverage.
    Ravens Red Zone D is the savior with exception of the first TD of poor tackling.
    Hard to maintain momentum with a 90 minute break in the action.
    Boldin co MVP, solid even with 3 drops.
    Joe had at least 5-6 dropped.
    Ray as well as everyone else had great spirit but body is done. Was 2-3 steps slow all game. Sad to see, but happy for him.
    Beyonce is lovely, but far from the most beautiful even in the stadium, and the music is just unrememorable.
    Thank G-d I watched the game at loud party of 30, so the hearing of the insipid TV commentators was kept to a minimum. Redundancy anyone?
    Kudos to those Balmore fans who work at the “Point” who shelled out $10-15k to go watch their beloved Ravens Hon.
    Goes to show what can be done on $25k annual income if you don’t eat every meal out all year.
    Now lets get ready for some serious O’s action and the return to Titletown USA.



  3. By: Mricklen | On: February 4, 2013

    Edited version…
    Great game, and apparently were “the team of Destiny ” so maybe Ray was right?

    It did seem that the speed of SF wore down the Ravens as much as light outage.

    Thought at the time the fake FG was the dumbest play in SB history. Too close to goal with all players compacted. You take all points you can and build the score gratefully.

    Ravens hopefully will be faster defensively next year. Great game by Joe, amazing what a strong OLine can do.

    Prefer Pierce over Rice, and feel that releasing Him is a big part of retaining essential defensive pieces with the Cap concerns.

    Pollard is a strong hitter, but very poor cover man .

    Ravens Red Zone D is the savior with exception of the first TD of poor tackling.

    Hard to maintain momentum with a 90 minute break in the action.

    Boldin co MVP, solid even with 3 drops.
    Joe had at least 5-6 dropped.

    Ray as well as everyone else had great spirit but body is done. Was 2-3 steps slow all game. Sad to see, but happy for him.

    Beyonce is lovely, but far from the most beautiful even in the stadium, and the music is just not memorable or exceptionable.

    Thank G-d I watched the game at loud party of 30, so the hearing of the insipid TV commentators was kept to a minimum. Redundancy anyone?

    Kudos to those Balmore fans who work at the “Point” who shelled out $10-15k to go watch their beloved Ravens Hon.
    Goes to show what can be done on $25k annual income if you don’t eat every meal out all year.

    Now lets get ready for some serious O’s action and the return to Titletown USA.

    Sent from my iPad



  4. By: brian2580 | On: February 4, 2013

    Best thing about the game is that we’ll never have to hear about Ravens fans complain about biased officiating again! It will take a lot of bad calls over the next 10+ years to use up the officiating capital cashed in on those last few plays.

    Will never understand why, with the game on the line, coaches continually go to the fade route. Too much of a finesse play unless you’ve got Calvin Johnson going up to get it.



  5. By: Mricklen | On: February 4, 2013

    Brian, am sure the Ravens still have a large debit balance with the refs, though it was nice to get the benefit of the doubt in crucial situation for a change.
    Thought on that last play that the receiver initiated the contact originally, and watched several former players and coaches observe that the defender can not allow receiver to push him off in that situation. Also the pass was deemed uncatchable, which most likely was the determining factor.



  6. By: freddy from boca | On: February 5, 2013

    no one seems to remember ravens ball third and one from niners 1 flacco moves towards far sidelines, throws ball away, takes two steps out of bounds and then is pushed down by niners player. in almost any other game that is a personal foul and would have given the ravens a first down at the half yard line.



  7. By: brian2580 | On: February 5, 2013

    Ricky – Uncatchable has no impact on whether it was a penalty or not. There’s no doubt that was a penalty and talking heads can try to spin it however they want but the bottom line is the receiver was held. I’m fine with officials not making the call and letting the players decide the game but it was clearly a holding penalty. The original debit balance with the officials was a figment of the Baltimore imagination to begin with but glad to see you’re still holding on to it. Keep calling for Flacco and Ray Rice to be cut and enjoy being on the outside of the playoffs looking in.

    Freddy – Totally agree that was roughing the passer just like the running into the kicker should have either been a 15 yard roughing call or no penalty at all and Williams should have been ejected immediately for a 2 handed shove on the ref and at least half of the Ravens were holding on the intentional safety with nothing called. The officials were either way over their heads or had been told to keep a low profile.



  8. By: freddy from boca | On: February 5, 2013

    the refs were calling it loose and players have to adjust to the way the refs call the game. dieon sanders and herm edwards said they agree with the no call. 2 of the guys who cover the ravens on comcast both explayers said there was interference.



  9. By: Mricklen | On: February 5, 2013

    Brian, again I thank you for your apparent commitment and memory re my seasonal posts.
    Very complimentary!

    I still feel ” in my opinion” that Ray Rice is expendable and one of the keys in planning to be able to retain so many key free agent defensive players, in light of the Salary Cap exposure. At the very least the renegotiating of his contract.

    I admit that Flacco, had a tremendous Playoff run, and certainly showed us detractors what he is capable of doing under pressure. I am happy to say. So much a result of shifts on the OL and change of OC, which happily freed Joe to perform above expectations for many of us.

    I am also totally impressed with his post game performances, including a strong and relaxed appearance on Letterman.



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