The second half of Super Bowl XLVII started off with a bang as Baltimore Ravens Jacoby Jones took the 2nd half opening kickoff 109 yards for a touchdown as a real dagger for the San Francisco 49ers. Now, the Superdome is trying to get power restored after a massive outage, and with a delay that could drag on for 30 minutes on top of a long halftime show, what effect will this have on the players?
For the Ravens, I can’t imagine a delay like this is going to hurt quarterback Joe Flacco. He’s been so cool and so loose and just seems to be unflappable even when the 49ers are getting pressure on him. You pass to run, and the Ravens have passed it very well, so don’t be shocked if they come out here in the half and do all they can do to run the ball straight at the 49ers defense. But this delay could allow the 49ers to get back into the game.
Speaking of the 49ers, quarterback Colin Kaepernick is going to have to up his pace. He’s taking far too much time in the huddle and far too much time at the line of scrimmage, only to get a short completion or run out of it. The 49ers can’t win this game with this methodical pace, and they can’t win if they don’t start pushing the football down the field. This delay could be exactly what the 49ers need. They can get their focus, stay loose and come out with a sense of urgency that they haven’t had yet in this game. If they do not, they game is going to completely get away from them. Announcer Bill Cowher even suggested that the 49ers should put Alex Smith in at quarterback to try and press the pace of the offense. Not sure I’m there yet, but Kaepernick must play better.
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