Super Bowl 2013, going into Sunday, wasn't as glamorous as past Super Bowls with teams like the Patriots, Broncos and Packers getting wiped out, but it was one of the best I have seen in a long time. The 34-31 score might seem close on the surface. But when you figure that the 49ers were down by 22 points before the Louisiana Super Dome lights blew out, Colin Kaepernick was one overthrown ball , and maybe a pass interference that didn't get called, away from putting his name up there with the likes of John Elway and Peyton Manning as comeback kings.
Kaepernick's passing numbers were good, going 16-for-25 passing with 302 yards, a score and a pick. But once again, it was CK's legs who got him out of big jams as he ran for 62 yards and a score. His 15 yard touchdown run was a Super Bowl record by a quarterback. And will have a lasting memory for fantasy owners who will let some of the bigger-named fantasy quarterbacks go next summer in order to land Kaepernick, who has yet to start a full year. The kid will only get better under Jim Harbaugh's tutelage.
Speaking of Jim Harbaugh
I once again give him much respect for not thinking twice about pulling Kapernick out for Alex Smith when all hope seemed lost early in the second half. Those calling the game while the lights were being fixed had mentioned numorous times that maybe Smith would give the team a better chance to move the ball up and down the field with better ease. But just like the regular season, Harbaugh stuck with the player who got him there and he made the right call in the end. Even though the 49ers lost, this team has a lot going for them as they head towards the offseason.
A Baltimore win and an MVP trophy put a big smile on the face of Joe Flacco's agent. For a player who has gotten the Ravens to the playoffs every year during his career, his three-touchdown performance added a few more digits to his new contract. People had knocked Flacco in the past. But it's hard to argue that the guy deserves big-time money. Especially after beating one of the best defenses in the league. He certainly didn't get much help from the running game after Ray Rice ran for a mere 59 yards off 20 carries. So Flacco basically put the offense on his shoulders and didn't flinch once.
Aside from the game itself, the Beyonce half-time show was actually pretty decent. I'm not a fan by any means. I don't think I could count more than two songs I have actually heard her sing. But as far as the performance and production value, it was entertaining. We even got a little Destiny's Child reunion. Maybe the NFL will start getting a bit more lenient with their considerations going forward after Beyonce didn't experience any sort of wardrobe malfunction. I had enjoyed the Rolling Stones and even Prince's performance, but I understand the reasoning for wanting to throw out newer artists for the younger generation. As a 37 year old, I might not like it, but I accept it. Although it would have been made my day to see Van Halen, who had been rumored to be one of the favorites many many months ago. Oh well, this VH fan can dream can't he?
Best Commercial Of The Evening
The best and worst commercials of this year's Super Bowl will be talked about relentlessly this week. Which ones were good? Which ones were terrible? I'm not a fan of the beer ones, whether it be Miller Lite or Bud Lite. I stick with Pennsylvania brew, so those commercials will never sway me. As far as which one was the best: The Joe Montana Jersey stain commercial gets my vote for the most hilarious commercial I have seen in years. I failed to realize the guy's wife was wearing a Ravens jersey, which made it even funnier.
Let me know below your thoughts on the game, Kaepernick's performance and your best/worst commercial of the evening. BTW, the GoDaddy.com commercial with the woman kissing the nerd freaked me out so much I don't even want to post it. Make sure to check out Kurt's Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials from Sunday.