On Sunday night, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl XLVII. Joe Flacco was awarded the Super Bowl MVP for his 287-yard, three-TD performance. Voters got the pick of the annual award wrong though, and should have picked Jacoby Jones.
At the beginning of the game, the Ravens won the coin toss and chose to defer, giving them the ball to start the second half. The Ravens went to halftime with a comfortable 21-6 lead, but opened the game up further with an amazing 108 yard kickoff return by Jones to start the second half. The kickoff return, which was originally credited as 109 yards, tied the NFL record for longest kickoff return. The run also set a new NFL record for the longest kickoff return in the Super Bowl.
Earlier in the game, Jones caught a 56 yard touchdown pass. Two total touchdowns of 50 or more yards made Jones the second to do so in Super Bowl history. Jones also became the first player in Super Bowl history to have a return touchdown and receiving touchdown in the Super Bowl.
Jones also broke Desmond Howard’s Super Bowl XXXI record of 244 all-purpose yards. Jones had 289 total yards coming from kick returns, punt returns and his lone reception. Howard was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXI for his performance, which included a 99-yard kickoff return.
Jones also finally got redemption for his 2011 season. After playing five years with the Houston Texans, he was released for muffing a punt return against the Ravens in the AFC Divisional Game. The Ravens signed Jones to a two-year deal seven days later, and were rewarded with a career year from Jones. In 2012, Jones had three return touchdowns (2 kick, 1 punt), and also 30 receptions for 406 yards and a touchdown. The amazing thing is that during the regular season, Jones actually had touchdowns of 108 and 105 yards. Jones tied a record of two 108 yard touchdowns with teammate Ed Reed.
In the Ravens AFC Divisional Playoff Game with the Denver Broncos, Jones caught a 70 yard touchdown pass. The catch, with 31 seconds remaining, tied the game to force overtime. Jones was a huge part of the Ravens success in the regular season and in the playoffs.
Flacco’s performance was great and helped the Ravens win, but was nothing record breaking. In the last ten years of Super Bowls, three quarterbacks now have three touchdowns. A ridiculous 25 of 47 Super Bowl MVPs have gone to the quarterbacks. Howard remains the only special teams performer to win the Super Bowl MVP. In front of a home town crowd in New Orleans, Jones broke or tied four records. He leaves the game a Super Bowl Champion, but should have left with more.