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Zemek Super Bowl Thoughts: The Passers

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Posted Feb 3, 2013


Final Thoughts On The Super Bowl - Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

Final Thoughts - Super Bowl

Zemek: It's about the pass

By Matt Zemek
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- Fiutak Super Bowl Thoughts: This One Is Easy
- Cirminiello Super Bowl Thoughts: The Sacks
- Zemek Super Bowl Thoughts: The Passers
- Hyland Super Bowl Thoughts: Harbaugh Upgrades 
- Johnson Super Bowl Thoughts: Deer Antler This 
- Harrison Super Bowl Thoughts: 49ers 6-0? 
- CFN Super Bowl Picks & Prop Bets 

-- The easy inclination is to think that the two-week break will make the defenses better. The Brothers Harbaugh will want to show that they can work around anticipated adjustments. Moreover, Jim is a better coach than John, precisely because he is more creative and resourceful. The 49ers will have the right plan in place.

-- For Baltimore, the main hope for victory lies with Anquan Boldin. He can have a big day against a suspect San Francisco secondary. If there's one man – other than the quarterbacks, of course – who simply MUST play well in order for his team to win, it's Boldin. If he's contained, there's simply no path to victory for the Ravens.

-- Climate-controlled conditions are going to work in favor of the offenses… and they'll also make each David Akers miss that much more exasperating.

-- To those who think Joe Flacco is a better quarterback than Peyton Manning, please do not operate heavy machinery or motor vehicles at this time.

-- If Denver safety Rahim Moore doesn't commit one of the four or five worst blunders in the history of professional football, we're not talking about Flacco or the Ravens right now. Let's be mature adults here: Moore's whiff on that 70-yard Baltimore touchdown pass with 31 seconds left in regulation was Earnest Byner-level awful. It was "Jackie Smith in Super Bowl XIII" awful. The Garo Yepremian blunder belongs on the same plane as Moore's gaffe, with the crucial difference being that Yepremian failed at something he wasn't trained to do; Moore failed in the attempt to do the very thing he is paid to do. It is always amazing how one mistake in one moment affects so many fortunes, reputations and narratives.

-- San Francisco and Baltimore both lost in the conference championship round a season ago. It's no small feat to rebound from such crushing disappointments and get it right the next time.

-- When Ray Lewis won his first Super Bowl, he and the rest of that remarkable 2000 Baltimore defense carried Trent Dilfer to the winner's circle. This time, however, it's Lewis who has been carried by Flacco and the rest of a lethal second-half offense. Winning this game is the only real goal, but if the Ravens do prevail in a shootout, the perception of Flacco around the NFL will continue to be transformed. Should Baltimore win a 35-34 type of game, one wonders if Flacco will be ready to do something that Eli Manning has been unable to do: Perform at a steady rate in regular seasons, one after the other.

-- For the first time in my memory, San Francisco will wear its home red jerseys in the Superdome. That's a time-capsule picture.

-- The quality of NBA announcing is still strong with Mike Breen at the mic, but baseball (with Joe Buck calling the World Series instead of Al Michaels or Vin Scully) and football (with Jim Nantz and Buck calling Super Bowls instead of Pat Summerall and Dick Enberg) have booth become much harder to listen to on television over the past 20 years.

Brent Musburger isn't the studio anchor anymore for CBS, and Bob Costas – like Michaels, his NBC colleague – gets to work the Super Bowl only once every three years. The Super Bowl is no longer a fun event to watch in its totality. Flipping on the game at precisely 6:29 p.m., muting the sound, and turning the TV off as soon as the outcome is decided, is the new three-step plan on Super Bowl Sunday, unless Costas-Michaels-Collinsworth are on the job. It's not 1992 anymore, and that's a net loss for football fans everywhere.

- Fiutak Super Bowl Thoughts: This One Is Easy
- Cirminiello Super Bowl Thoughts: The Sacks
- Zemek Super Bowl Thoughts: The Passers
- Hyland Super Bowl Thoughts: Harbaugh Upgrades 
- Johnson Super Bowl Thoughts: Deer Antler This 
- Harrison Super Bowl Thoughts: 49ers 6-0? 
- CFN Super Bowl Picks & Prop Bets