Firstly, congratulations Baltimore Ravens. They made fewer mistakes (3-1 in the big ones) and thus deserved to win. Now on to my real feelings...
I'm pretty devastated after that one. There's not a lot of news either. I definitely thought they could have flagged the 4th down for pass interference. That didn't mean we would have won the game, though. For the first 31 minutes we did everything we could to give the game away. The two turnovers and kickoff return for a touchdown were big mistakes that cost us 21 points. The defense couldn't stop the pass, a problem the entire postseason if you check our stats. Colin Kaepernick did not look poised at all in the first half, and I don't think he looked poised on the last goal-to-go situation. With all that went wrong, we still could have won the game. But, I have to say this, and I don't know if anyone wants to hear it....if it weren't for the power outage, that game was as good as gone. We had no intensity beforehand, the Ravens lacked it for 15 minutes afterward. We scored tons in that time. Sigh....
There aren't that many links from after the game anyways. I'll get what I can up, and you guys can throw stuff in there if you like, or if you still care to discuss football. To the links....
Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens 34, 49ers 31
BASG has his thoughts on the game. The secondary was horrible in this game. They gave up big play after big play. And our lack of wide receiver help bit us in the but. Michael Crabtree was great but Randy Moss was nearly non-existent. I sure wish we had Mario Manningham in that game, or the A.J. Jenkins we wanted when we drafted him. | 49ers lose in the Super Bowl, who's to blame? (BASG)
For anyone seeking positivity at a time like this then Mike Sando has a post for you. Our window is still wide open. The team was sporadic all season, never playing a string of great games in a row, which is what we need to do to win a Super Bowl. But...I had a look at some stats. Last Super Bowl loser to win a title with the same team it lost one with was the....wait for it...1977 Cowboys (unless you count '97 Broncos after '89 loss....I don't). | Bright future little consolation for 49ers (Sando)
Mike Sando has some thoughts. Vernon Davis was good and so was Delanie Walker. The team was sloppy and appeared unready for the start of the game. | Rapid Reaction: Ravens 34, 49ers 31 (Sando)
Here are some numbers from the game. The article notes that the 49ers fell behind in each of their three playoff games, including 17-0 to the Falcons and 28-6 to the Ravens. Harbaugh has to take some of the blame for that, as it happened frequently during the year. | Super Bowl XLVII: By the numbers (CBS)
Joe Flacco won the MVP award and deservedly so. He made clutch plays all game, was great on 3rd down and got the ball into the end zone three times. Congratulations, young man. You've just made yourself a lot of money. | Joe Flacco is the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII (Pro Football Talk)
Ann Killion thinks that Kaepernick showed he's got what it takes. I wish he would have shown it in the first half, though. | Kaepernick shows he has the right stuff (Killion)
Frank Gore, you have nothing to cry about. You played amazingly, giving the team every chance to win. I wish we could have given you a trophy to kiss and to hold. | Frank Gore takes 49ers' loss hard (Mercury News)
And the aforementioned power outage gets some light shed on it. I really think it cooled off the Ravens like the 49ers never would have. | Power outage cools off Ravens (Mercury News)
Niners fall 34-31 (SB Nation)
So close, but 49ers fall short in Super Bowl (Press Democrat)
Reactions to 49ers' crushing loss to Ravens (Mercury News)
Colin Kaepernick falls just short (Kawakami)
49ers say best team lost (Mercury News)
Game Highlights: Super Bowl XLVII (49ers.com)
Press pass: Jim Harbaugh (49ers.com)
Press pass: Tarrel Brown (49ers.com)
Press pass: Patrick Willis (49ers.com)
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