Wednesday, July 9, 2014





Dominant first half fueled by Flacco


March 16. 2013 10:03PM
HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer

Story Tools
PrintPrint | E-MailEMail | SaveSave | Hear Generate QR Code QR
Send to Kindle


NEW ORLEANS — Quarterback Joe Flacco put off contract talks with the Baltimore Ravens until after the season was done.


Seems like a pretty good decision at the moment, huh?


Capping a perfect postseason, the unassuming and unheralded Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns Sunday, earning Super Bowl MVP honors for leading the Ravens to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.


Setting aside any questions about just how good he is and where he belongs in the conversation about the league's best quarterbacks, Flacco became only the sixth in 47 Super Bowls to throw for three scores in a first half, connecting with Anquan Boldin for 13 yards, Dennis Pitta for 1, and Jacoby Jones for 56.


And the admittedly mild-mannered guy, who played his college football far from the spotlight at Delaware, wrapped up Baltimore's four-game run to the title with 11 TD passes and zero interceptions. It was an impressive streak that included road victories against two of the game's best QBs, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.


Flacco's job in the second half Sunday was more about being safe than spectacular. He had helped Baltimore take a 21-6 halftime lead, and it grew to 28-6 when Jones returned the second-half kickoff a Super Bowl-record 108 yards.


That, though, is when things got strange.


First, a power outage knocked out many lights inside the Superdome, delaying action for more than a half-hour. And when play resumed, San Francisco quickly scored 17 consecutive points to make things interesting.


The Ravens held on down the stretch though, with two short field goals by rookie Justin Tucker padding the lead, and the Ray Lewis-led defense stopping the 49ers on a fourth-and-goal at the 5.





Comments
comments powered by Disqus Commenting Guidelines
Poll
Mortgage Minute


Search for New & Used Cars

Make 
Model
 
Used New All
 

Search Times Leader Classifieds to find just the home you want!

Search Times Leader Classifieds to find just what you need!

Search Pet Classifieds
Dogs Cats Other Animals



Social Media/RSS
Times Leader on Twitter
Times Leader on Youtube
Times Leader on Google+
The Times Leader on Tumblr
The Times Leader on Pinterest
Times Leader RSS Feeds