Posted: 2/8/2013 6:38:00 PM
Originally Posted by shiek:
Scoring 30 points against a good defense is being exposed?? Kap was not the reason 49ers lost game.
Kaepernick's play directly resulted in the Niners scoring 26 points off of drives (including a failed 2 pt conversion). They also recieved a "gift turnover" and only got a FG from it. They also got a "gift safety" resulting in 2 pts.
Flacco's play directly resulted in the Ravens scoring 27 pts. The opening kickoff in the 2nd half that was returned for a TD by Jacoby Jones of the Ravens turned out to be the deciding score even though the Ravens added two FG's in the 4th quarter. That TD forced the Niners to become more desperate on offense. The Ravens would not have been in a situation to have given SF a safety had Jones not scored this TD.. in fact... The Niners would have drained the clock and kicked a FG in thier last possession which would have put them up by 5 points and forced the Ravens to drive for a winning TD at the end of the game - That is if all else had remained the same... and that's a BIG... IF.
Only one other championship game in the NFL's 80-year title game history, Pittsburgh's 35-31 win over Dallas in 1979, featured both teams scoring at least 30 points.
The Niners got 3 pts with a short field off of the Ravens only turnover... a fumble by Ray Rice. I do not count these pts towards Kaepernick's total since he did not help to move them into this scoring position.
The Ravens got 7 points off of the two turnovers by the Niners... a James fumble (resulting in Ravens TD) and an INT off of Kaepernick that resulted in a failed fake FG try.
I credit Flacco with 7 points off the fumble since he had to drive the Ravens 75 yards for a TD as the ball was recovered on the Ravens 25 yd line after the James(SF) fumble.. It was a normal scoring drive and NOT a short field as was the Niners 3 yrd drive off the Rice fumble which gave the Niners a short field form the Ravens 24 yard line (resulting in a Niners 34 yrd FG by Akers).
As you can clearly see... Flacco and Kaepernick had similar success as far as directly resulting in similar pts for thier teams.
Again... in my opinion, the death blow for the Niners was that Jacoby Jones KO return on the 2nd half opening kickoff.
I also feel that the Niners failure to get a TD instead of a FG off of the Ray Rice fumble hurt them dearly... as did the obvious failure to score with a 1st and goal at the end of the game.
As much as I respect what was accomplished by Russell Wilson and the Seahawks during thier season (and playoffs)... in my opinion I'd have to side with Kaepernick at this point. I don't think that Wilson adds as much to the Seahawks as Kaepernick adds to the Niners. BOTH are the best options for thier teams... but Kaepernicks adds a big play ability to the Niners which they have lacked from a starting QB ever since Steve Young retired.. and the Seattle backup, Matt Flynn, could very well likely had a terrific season also if he had been given the support that Wislon had been given all season from the Seahawks coaching staff. You have to remember... Wilson did not look so great coming out of the gate and many of thier wins can be attributed to the Seahawks defense rather than to Wilson alone... and let's not get started on that "Fail Mary" pass that the replacement refs "Gifted" to Seattle at the end of thier home game vs the Packers (which should have been a loss by Seattle).
What makes the choice interesting is that the Seahawks as a team have an edge when facing the Niners despite my choice of Kaepernick over Wilson. The Seahawks secondary is better than the Niners... But the Niners run defense is better than the Seahawks. However the Seahawks run defense is stronger than the Niners secondary... hence I give the edge to the Seahawks when they go H2H... but home field also plays a huge part when they meet. Over the last two season... The games in SF have been much closer than the games in Seattle with the team having home field winning each time.
No matter who you like... this matchup should provide some exciting action for years to come... as long as the person in Washington D.C. can keep this country from falling completely apart to the point that sports are forever meaningless in the struggle to just survive for the average Joe and family.
Congrats to the Ravens backers also... That was the correct bet going into the game. Despite my rooting for the Niners... my gut said 100% that the Ravens should win... and they did... so Congrats to them.
IF... I say again... IF... If the Niners can shore up that weak secondary... they will be the team to beat in SB XLVIII in 2014.
It will be interesting to see what the Niners do in FA and the draft in order to correct thier secondary problems.
Maybe the Niners can sign Leon Sandcastle