There were plenty of big plays from numerous players in the Super Bowl, but a couple of Joneses made an indelible mark on the Baltimore Ravens victory.
First and foremost was the impact made by the explosive Jacoby Jones.
The All Pro return man dealt the San Francisco 49ers two critical blows with his big-play tendencies. First, Jones had a huge 56-yard touchdown catch and run with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. Jones got behind the secondary, made the falling catch, got up and meandered six yards for the touchdown.
The play was very reminiscent of Jones’ Hail Mary touchdown in the second round against the Denver Broncos, as he again got behind the secondary and scored a backbreaking touchdown.
Another huge knockout blow was Jones returning the opening kickoff of the second half for a Super Bowl record 108-yard touchdown.
The touchdown, which seemed potentially trivial at the time, gave the Ravens a 28-6 lead as they further tightened their grasp on the 49ers’ neck. The Ravens would obviously need all the points they could get, as San Francisco came storming back after the infamous blackout delayed the game 34 minutes.
Jones set another Super Bowl record as his 290 total yards were the most by one player in Super Bowl history. Jones was brought in this season to give the Ravens’ special teams a boost, and his speed also allowed him to contribute in the passing game. Jones was worth every cent as he was an All Pro returner, and caught two huge touchdowns during the playoffs.
On the other side of the ball, another Jones made a big impact as well. Defensive end Arthur Jones was all over the field, as he was a key factor in slowing down Colin Kaepernick.
Jones sacked Kaepernick once, as he hounded the elusive quarterback all game. Jones also recovered a LaMichael James fumble, which led to one of the Ravens’ first half touchdowns.
Jones came on strong in the second half of the season and finished tied for second on the team in sacks. Jones’ strong play was even more magnified as Haloti Ngata left the game with a knee injury in the second half, so Jones stepped up when his team needed him the most.
Jones will be a free agent and will be in just his fourth season when next season rolls around. Considering how far he has come since the season started and his strong performance in the Super Bowl, Jones will have some suitors for his services next season.
If the Ravens can retain the services of Arthur, they will have a formidable Jones duo for quite awhile. If Jacoby can keep burning teams with his speed and Arthur can keep harassing quarterbacks, the Ravens have a great chance to hoist another Lombardi Trophy.