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Morning links: The right Harbaugh wins the Super Bowl

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 4, 2013 at 8:02 am with 26 Comments »
February 4, 2013 9:11 am
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

Even a 34-minute power outage could not stop the Baltimore Ravens from claiming Super Bowl XLVII.

Although it was close, with San Francisco battling back from a 22-point deficit, but ultimately failing to get into the end zone from seven yards out in a 34-31 loss.

I find it appropriate that the game came down to a non-call in what could have been a holding penalty on Baltimore cornerback Jimmy Smith against Michael Crabtree on San Francisco’s final offensive play of the game.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh protests a non-call by the officials after a fourth down play during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh protests a non-call by the officials after a fourth down play during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

Of course, San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh is belly-aching about the non-call. We would expect nothing less.

Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco earned MVP honors, and as Gil Brandt of NFL.com writes, answered the questions that he is indeed an elite signal caller.

With the big game over, the offseason is officially upon us. I’ll have a post up later today outlining the top five needs the Seahawks should address.

Maura Judkis of the Washington Post rates the top five Super Bowl ads.

Beyonce doesn’t think you’re ready for this jelly. Check out the halftime show here.

The Seahawks are 12 to 1 favorites to win next year’s Super Bowl.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. questions whether San Francisco can get back to the big game again next season, with a talented team like Seattle standing in the Niners’ way in the NFC West. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York believes that Tarvaris Jackson or Matt Flynn are options Jets new general manager John Idzik will consider to bring in and compete for the starting quarterback job with Mark Sanchez in 2013.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I agree, Eric: I thought the no call was correct. All in all, a pretty good game. Better than most, that’s for sure.

  2. Vegas56 says:

    It was really good game, have to hand it to both teams, they created a lot of drama.

    Of course, the curse of the Super Bowl loser being on the 49ers isn’t such a bad thing either :-)

  3. trout_hound says:

    The Ravens are a scrappy team. I couldn’t help wonder how our boys would have fared playing them yesterday. It would have been a tough game. I give the Niners OC credit, he designs some cool looking plays, but he choked it up on that last series. Wouldn’t it be great to have Boldin on our team? That guy is a monster. And it sure was a joy to watch Ed Reed play. Not just the interception, but watching him attack the QB, disrupt plays, get into people’s heads. If we didn’t already have Earl, I’d want him on the Hawks next season. I bet the Patriots snatch him up.

  4. trout_hound says:

    Thinking some more about a Hawks-Ravens SB fantasy, I will say that there is no way our secondary gets burned like SF’s did. I think Wilson would have found a way to win.

  5. trout_hound says:

    Love him or hate him, Steve Kelley’s final column for the Times is a must read if you love Seattle sports: http://seattletimes.com/html/stevekelley/2020268915_kelley03.html

  6. chrisj122 says:

    The 35 min delay was real annoying but it was well worth the wait to see the look Jim douche bag Harbaugh face at the end!

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Jeez, Kelly sure asked for a lot of favors. lol.

  8. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Jim Harbaugh has the poise of a 4-yr old 2 hours past nap time.

  9. Southendzone says:

    That game & last year’s game just make me think even more how much work we need to put into the D-Line. NYG and BALT both have strong D-Lines and they had an impact on the game even though they gave up a lot of points yesterday.

    Hoping the Hawks put a lot of resources into improving ours this offseason.

  10. Whiners doing their thing again, Gore saying they were the better team, Harbaugh and Crabtree complaining about the officials. On a conspiracy theory note, did any of you think while watching the delay that maybe Goodell has a red power kill button in his suite just in case the game gets out of hand? Can’t help but wonder when the outage happened right after Jones’ return TD gave the Ravens all the momentum.
    Just sayin’.

  11. thursday says:

    I honestly think if the delay hadn’t happened, the Ravens would have continued to pile on the Whiners. They were reeling at that point. Kinda like they were here after Sherm’s touchdown.

  12. tchristensen says:

    Does anyone know when the new football year starts? Isn’t it this week? I know free agency starts 3-12 but can teams start making trades this week? Thanks

  13. SeventiesHawksFan says:

    The non-call makes me think of the last two plays of the Falcons game for the Seahawks. Something I still think every fan should be completely irate about how that all went down.

    With 31 seconds to go and the ball on the Falcons 28 yard line, it would have made more sense to hold on every play at the LOS than allow the Falcons receivers to run freely all over the field and to the easily found holes in our zone coverage scheme.

    It was also rather apparent from watching yesterday’s game how eminently beatable both SF and the Ravens would have been for the Seahawks. And that there is no reason to think that there will be any team next season who will be markedly better than ours.

    None of which takes away from the fact that our D Line needs to be the top personnel priority this off season. Rather looking forward to the start of free agency, now just a month away.

  14. Yeah, the worst thing about the break was the feeling I began to sit with, I just knew THAT would be the thing that could put the 9ers back in the game, and it probably could propel them to victory even though I thought the Ravens were clearly (and surprisingly) the better team yesterday, and it almost did. Glad the big HarBro won and left little bro crying, family reunions aren’t going to be fun around the Harbough households for the foreseeable future, a lot of whining is just around the corner.

  15. edstang45 says:

    That pic of the douche is priceless like to see nfl am use it in tweet this segment really Eric excellent choice ……made my day watching him get so close but ending up a loser

  16. SeventiesHawksFan – you are exactly right.

    John Harbaugh has to be given a lot of credit for understanding when to tell his guys to hold. Holding the 49ers WRs inside the 5 was brilliant – not only because the Refs weren’t going to call it, but because Kapernick wasn’t going to throw to anyone but Crabtree.

    The even smarter move was on the punt he took for a Safety. The holds on the 49ers were blatant and allowed the Ravens to run off another 4 seconds which were huge in preventing an end of game field goal kick. But there was no downside if the Refs called holding because the time is not put back on the clock. The end result was either going to be a Safety or a re-run of the same play with just 4 seconds on the clock. It was sheer brilliance.

    A lot of Coaches are great motivators of men, great strategists, but its that ability to think in crunch time and understand the scenarios is what separates the Champions from all the rest. John Harbaugh did a tremendous job last night. It remains to be seen if the Seahawks Coaches will ever step up to that type of end of game dynamic thinking.

  17. Southendzone says:

    Seventies fan, that is a great point, hold at the LOS against the falcons and they play still ticks time off the clock.

    If you read Bill Barnwell’s post today (espn grantland), he mentions something Buddy Ryan ran they called the “Polish defense” where he would put an extra 2 defenders into the game. If they call it, well you lose 5 yards and the offense loses time off the clock. If they don’t call it you have the benefit of 2 extra DB’s on the field to stop their play.

    That would have been a great move in the ATL game as well. Do you guys know if Pete reads this blog? If not, can someone please pass this along?

  18. SeventiesHawksFan – one further thing. Even if the Refs called Defensive Holding against the Seahawks on the last Falcons drive, it would have still worked out very well trading 5 yards for 6 seconds on the clock each play.

  19. SHF, “With 31 seconds to go and the ball on the Falcons 28 yard line, it would have made more sense to hold on every play at the LOS than allow the Falcons receivers to run freely all over the field and to the easily found holes in our zone coverage scheme.”

    I heard Paul Moyer on the radio post game say he doesn’t know why teams don’t do that all the time in that situation.

  20. banosser says:

    Jim Harbough is a douche of major proportions.. like.. Rosanne Bar’s douche..

  21. For those too young to remember, Paul Moyer was a safety for the Seahawks and then he was a db coach for the Seahawks and then he bacame a pregame and postgame broadcaster for the Seahawks. And he even married a Seagal!

  22. Pabs, I recall Carroll taking a safety at the end of the Panthers game, do you remember if we intentionally held on that play? I know we had more time left on the clock so it is a different game situation, but I still admit it is a stroke of genius on the part of John Harbaugh, as there are no potential negatives from the side of the punting team. Everyone including the media talks about Harbaugh and his brilliant coaching genius, some even going so far as to say he is or will be the next Belichick, but in this game, he was outcoached by his older brother. Congrats to the Ravensz: they played a tough, scrappy game backed up with smart, heady situational coaching.

  23. I think it is funny complaining about the no call on Crabtree – Culliver was holding grabbing and arm bars on Bolden all day long!! (and he complains about Sherm and Browner)

    On another note – how many helmets were rolling around the field all day!! Don’t tell me these guys weren’t head hunting yesterday!!

    I was totally laughing when I saw the holds in the endzone – My wife was “WHAT” I explained it she laughed!! then said couldn’t happen to a bigger butthead!!

  24. freedom_X says:

    I’m not sure that the Ravens are the only team that have holding set up for situations such as they had. As far as we know, Seattle knows it too, but until a team is in that situation, you’re not going to know unless you ask the coaching staff about it. One can hardly claim Seattle’s staff isn’t smart enough to figure things like that out unless they’re in the same situation and miss it.

    Jim Harbaugh is a horses’ patoot. In addition to whining about the holding call, he couldn’t give any credit to the Ravens. In the post-game, he was asked about the big pass plays the 49ers gave up, and Harbaugh’s answer was “Flacco threw it up for grabs, and his receivers made better plays on the ball.” Really.

  25. raymaines says:

    What the Ravens do with Flacco in the off season will be instructive, as that’s pretty much the situation the Seahawks will be in with RW in a couple of years.

    I pretty much think Beyonce sucked the energy right out of the grid and there just wasn’t enough power left for the lights after half time.

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