It’s quite possible that we’ll look at Super Bowl 47 in two ways, pre and post blackout. The moment that finally silenced Phil Simms won’t be forgotten for some time. It’s inevitable however, that we will forget about some of the moments and players that helped the Ravens build a 22 point lead at the end of the first half. Conversely, we’ll elevate the moments that took place during a furious comeback by the 49ers in the third quarter, which led to a thrilling conclusion.
So what will come to mind when the NFL Network airs the half-hour condensed version of the game in fifteen years?
We will forget that on the first series of the game an illegal shift penalty nullified a 20 yard gain by Vernon Davis.
We will forget that the Niners ended up going three an out on their first series because of that penalty.
We will probably forget that Donte Whitner played a piss poor first half. We’ll forget that the outspoken Chris Culliver was embarrassed throughout the game. In the second quarter Jacoby Jones burned Culliver on a double move that resulted in a 56 yard touchdown. We will forget that Culliver continued talk shit throughout the game.
We will forget that in the first half Colin Kaepernick actually looked like a quarterback who was starting his 10th career game.
We will forget that a rare Colin Kaepernick interception led to a Dennis Pitta one yard touchdown. We will forget that for once Kaepernick couldn’t answer with a scoring drive immediately after a turnover.
We will forget that Ray Rice’s fifth fumble of the 2013 playoffs was almost the catalyst for a 49ers comeback.
We will forget that on almost every hand off Terrell Suggs hit Kaepernick and wasn’t called for a penalty. It made me wonder if that will be a strategy deployed by every defensive coordinator that has to deal with the 49ers, Seahawks, Redskins, or whatever team has Michael Vick and Geno Smith next season.
We will forget that the Ravens played the last 20 minutes without Haloti Ngata.
We will forget that rookie kicker Justin Tucker was called upon to gain 20 yards against one of the most physical teams in the league. We will forget that his fake field goal attempt was unsuccessful. We will forget just how bold the decision was (up 13-3 with all of the momentum).
We will forget that the “all-star” officiating crew, headed by Jerome Boger, let a fight take place because they refused to punish anyone with an unsportsmanlike conduct early on. We will forget that they basically lost control of the game.
We will forget that somehow Ravens cornerback Cary Williams wasn’t thrown out after shoving an official with two hands.
We will forget that Beyonce actually sung around a minute of the 16 she was allotted. Apparently the Twitter world won’t forget her legs or outfit though.
We will forget that Alicia Keys definitely bet the over (2min 10sec) on her rendition of the national anthem.
The moment that defined Super Bowl 47 wasn’t a bomb from Joe Flacco, a zone read keeper from Colin Kaepernick, or the 108 yard kickoff return by Jacoby Jones to open the second half. There wasn’t a wardrobe malfunction, or a phantom pass interference debacle.
Instead a 33 minute blackout in the beginning of the third quarter brought a halt to the festivities in New Orleans. We will probably never know what or who (Sean Payton) tuned out half of the lights in the Superdome, but we won’t forget how it changed the complexion of the game.
We will not forget that the Niners roared back in the third quarter with two touchdowns in two minutes and twenty three seconds of game time.
We will not forget that the Niners were a two point conversion away from tying the game with ten minutes left.
We will not forget the questionable offensive sequence called by Greg Roman when the Niners had the ball at the five yard line, down five, as the clock ticked down to the two minute warning. On 2nd and goal, Roman called a Kaepernick bootleg right throw that looked similar to the play that resulted in a one yard loss towards the end of the first half. On 3rd and goal Kaepernick floated a ball that was too high for Michael Crabtree even with the contact between Crabtree and Jimmy Smith. On 4th and goal the Ravens middle blitz forced Kaepernick to get rid of the ball quickly and the throw sailed over Crabtree’s head. Five yards, three chances, and one of the most innovative minds on the offensive side of the ball called three uncreative plays.
We will not forget how exhausting the two week build up must have been for Jack & Jackie Harbaugh. We will not forget the terms #Harbowl and #Superbaugh. We will not forget how animated Jim Harbaugh was throughout the game and I damn sure will not forget how John Harbaugh yelled at an NFL official after the lights came back on in the Superdome.
We will not forget that on media day Randy Moss declared himself the greatest receiver of all time. Because of that statement we damn sure won’t forget that Moss looked like he didn’t even want to be on the field in the first half.
We will not forget that CBS had to fill an extra half hour of coverage during the game due to the blackout. We will not forget that during the extra broadcast time Bill Cower insinuated that Alex Smith might be a better option in the second half to lead Jim Harbaugh’s offense.
Cower won’t forget that Colin Kaepernick’s arm and legs accounted for 364 yards and mere five yards separated the tattooed wonder from leading the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.
I will not forget that I began debating when to draft Michael Crabtree in my next fantasy football draft.
We will not forget that $100 bills could be seen falling out of the pigskin on Joe Flacco’s 56 yard touchdown throw to Jones. We will not forget that the MVP of Super Bowl 47 earned an elite contract in terms of monetary value with his 11 touchdown, ZERO interception postseason. We won’t forget that the perception of Joe Flacco changed forever on February 3rd, 2013.
I will not forget that Jacoby Jones should have been named MVP.
No matter how hard we try, we will not forget how Ray Lewis’ last ride was almost totaled by a deer crossing the road.
We will not forget the arrival of Deer Antler spray and how the Sports Illustrated story changed the perception of Lewis’ “miracle” comeback. We will not forget the reemergence of the questions surrounding the double murder in Atlanta 13 years ago. We will not forget how we felt about Lewis’ domination of the headlines leading up to the Super Bowl.
We will not forget if he should have handed the spotlight off to Ray Rice, Terrell Suggs, Brian Mckinnie and the rest of the Ravens who deserved to be recognized.
We will not forget if we should have been either happy that Ray Lewis got to ride off into the sunset a champion or happy that Ray Lewis finally stopped crying, yelling, or dancing on our televisions.
We better not forget that even with the insufferable media hype, Super Bowl 47 exceeded ridiculous expectations. We better not forget that this was just the beginning of the Pistol era in the NFL.
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