The Ravens/49ers Super Bowl is upon us. There is no turning back now. Regrettably, the term “Har-bowl” is now a part of our lexicon. Years from now, when people talk about this game, they’ll say, “Oh, right. That was the Har-bowl.” Everyone knows it’s corny, lacks even a drop of creativity and yet we can’t help ourselves. So, Har-Bowl it is: will we get through it?
Who We Should Blame for the Har-Bowl (In no particular order):
1. Matt Ryan. Ryan is really good at throwing balls up for Julio Jones. Is that dismissive enough? The Falcons had another great 1st half, had the Niners secondary looking confused, and Ryan fit the ball into some real small windows. But, they do play a 2nd half. Ryan had costly turnovers, and had the ball in the Red Zone at the end and couldn’t get it done.
2. Falcons defense. The bottom line is, this group isn’t good enough to win a Super Bowl. Their good 1st halves the last two weeks I think were more a product of young QB over-stimulation. Once Wilson and Kaepernick settled in, it was free rein up and down the field. Without a goal line fumble and the Akers shankola, the Niners pull away.
3. Harry Douglas. After the teams traded mistakes and turnovers, Douglas was wide open on a 3rd down play and tripped over himself? Over a yard line? Regardless, he tumbled to the ground and kinda maintained possession, but blew a sure TD that would have put Atlanta back in front.
4. Wes Welker. Welker had a huge drop in the 3rd quarter that stopped a Patriot drive and allowed Baltimore to build some momentum. He’s a unique player, but for someone limited in what he can do down the field, there have been too many instances of Welker drops in recent years? Gisele, thoughts?
5. Tom Brady. Brady is now 8-7 in the post-season since winning his last Super Bowl and has lost several times as a prohibitive favorite. He appeared to get worse as the game went on Sunday. Brady will be 36 next year, which is startling to me, because I still think of Brady as someone who has plenty of time left. He doesn’t.
6. Bill Belichick. Was he out-coached? For a guy who is considered the greatest coach in the last twenty years, he seems to have a weakness in the Ravens. In many of New England’s big losses of the last four or five years, it’s been the offense coming up short. Something that works so well in the regular season isn’t translating in the Super Bowls and in other playoff games. Does the hoodie need to recognize this and change philosophy a bit? Do the Pats need a deep threat?
7. Joe Flacco. Flacco was shockingly inaccurate with some of his punts on Sunday. Just lobbing and lofting the ball up and missing receivers by a wide margin. Yet somehow he managed to not throw an interception, to lead a couple long TD drives and even scamper for a long TD. Who would have thought?
Playoff Pick Standings:
- Grossy, 8-1-1
- Kraft, 6-3-1
- DC, 5-4-1
- Nichols, 4-5-1
- Big Dub, 3-6-1
In regard to the Har-Bowl, you won’t be seeing much more about it here until the end of next week. I’m going to try to do my part to spare your gag reflex. That means I’ll need some other things to talk about, so feel free to leave a suggestion or two. The Flyers are 0-2. AKA, o for 4% of the SEASON. Time to panic. Flyers Kitten is still stuck in Slovakia, trying to get out of a contract he signed during the lockout.