Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is on top of the world after leading the Ravens to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Flacco tossed three touchdown passes to earn the game’s Most Valuable Player award and the accolades that come with it. One of those accolades is the focus on Flacco exclaming “I’m going to Disneyworld!” after winning the Super Bowl in the annual Disneyworld Super Bowl commercials.
However, the Ravens wouldn’t have had the opportunity to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy if not for wide receiver Jacoby Jones. The unheralded receiver caught only 30 passes during the 2012 NFL season. However, Jones was able to provide big play ability when the opportunity arose. A prime example is the Ravens’ AFC Divisional playoff game against the Denver Broncos.
Late in the game, with Baltimore trailing by seven points, Flacco heaved a desperation pass towards Jones. Broncos safety Rahim Moore mistimed his jump in an effort to tip the pass away. Jones caught the ball and dashed to the end zone for a dramatic 70-yard touchdown reception that tied the game. The Ravens won in double overtime, knocking out the top seeded Broncos and future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
Fast forward to Super Bowl XLVII. The Ravens had momentum on their side, leading 14-3 in the second quarter. Flacco found Jones on a deep pass. Jones slowed down to catch the ball, fell down, got up and dove successfully for the end zone. Jones’ 56 yard touchdown sustained momentum for Baltimore while extending their lead to 21-3.
Any thoughts of the 49ers taking a stand early in the second half vanished quickly. Jones returned the second half kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown, setting a Super Bowl record for the longest play in the title game’s history. No one knew it at the time, but Jones’ historic play provided the margin of victory for Baltimore, considering they needed to fend off a furious San Francisco rally late in the game.
Flacco receives the accolades of becoming a Super Bowl champion because he plays the quarterback position. There are even some that feel there is a racial element to the accolades as well because Flacco is Caucasian, while Jones is African-American. However, Flacco wouldn’t have had the opportunity to advance through the AFC playoffs if not for Jones’ touchdown catch against Denver. It was a miraculous reception that offered proof that the Ravens were a team of destiny.
It’s possible that Jones may never receive that invitation to visit the enormous rodent that goes by the moniker of Mickey Mouse. Nevertheless, the heroics of Jones made it possible for Flacco to frequent the talk show circuit as a Super Bowl champion. That alone is reason enough for Jones to be recognized for his heroics.