Monday, February 4, 2013

Opinion: SB XLVII (49ers)

It was the Quest for Six. They were going to be perfect. Jim Harbaugh would prove to the world why Colin Kaepernick was given Alex Smith's starting job. As expected, they got off to a terrible start. Outscored 21-6 in the first half, things looked terrible when in the first possession of the second half, the Ravens scored a 108-yard punt return touchdown. Shortly after, Kaepernick was sacked to give the Niners a 3rd and 13. But then a miracle happened.


A 34 minute power outage in the Superdome was exactly what they needed. The momentum shifted. It was no longer about when the Ravens would win, but when the Niners would get the lead. In the third quarter alone, they scored seventeen points. But it wasn't enough.

Inside the 10-yard line with two minutes to go, if Kaep could make the throw, the Niners would have been successful on their Quest and won Super Bowl XLVII. But, Ray Lewis rallied his team and shut down Gore, Crabtree and Kaepernick. They couldn't convert on a 4th and 5, and watched their championship rings fade away as Kaep made one of the worst throws of his career.

An announcer for CBS had said that if you take away the interception he threw early on, Colin Kaepernick played a superb game. He did. But the score didn't show that. And at the end of the game, you either have a Lombardi trophy to show your efforts, or -->

you don't. Kaep missed a lot of opportunities that cost the Niners easy points.

(Personally, I felt that Alex Smith could've fixed the situation and needed at least one play in the fourth quarter. He's experienced, he would've been calm and collected. He could've won the Super Bowl for his team. But it's Kaep's team now. Smith is just an extra guy on the sidelines.)

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