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From blackout to shootout: Ravens beat 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl (+videos)

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  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 8:56 p.m.

    Let us be absolutely clear. If Alex Smith had been the quarterback, the 49ers would be celebrating a Super Bowl victory right now. His ability to throw accurate passes was sorely missed. Indeed, the lack of accurate passing in the first half allowed the Ravens to build an insurmountable lead that proved too big to overcome.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 9:06 p.m.

    @ JCS

    That's all speculation. If Mr. Smith was the absolute answer he would have been playing.

    You forget about SF's turn-overs in the first half? Maybe that had something to do with it, possibly.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Feb. 3, 2013 9:16 p.m.

    Ya, and I can see Alex Smith running one in from 20 yards out.

    Kaepernick got the 49ers to the Super Bowl - not sure Smith could have done the same. Unfortunate for the 49ers there was a terrible bad no call at the end of the end that cost the game.

  • Sentinel Ogden, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 9:16 p.m.

    Great game and championship for the Baltimore Ravens.

    And, so sad that championships are not built on "ifs".

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 9:16 p.m.

    John,

    The guys calling the game seemed to agree with your opinion as well, as do I. Karma caught up to Jim Harbaugh tonight ... no loyalty whatsoever. My prediction and the same prediction of many others came true today ... Kaepernick is super talented and may end up a super star, but he is young and was prone to mistakes. Those early mistakes and jitters were the most glaring things that cost the 49ers today. I just don't think Alex makes the same mistakes and would've managed a better overall game. We'll never know for sure, but we do know this, Kaepernick didn't get the job done and Harbaugh should be thinking back to whether this was the year to make the switch he made.
    Bottom line, congrats to the Ravens ... particularly Paul Kruger, Ma'ake Kemoeatu, David Reed, Haloti Ngata and Dennis Pitta. And I'm glad the better and classier coach won.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 9:18 p.m.

    toosmartforyou

    "That's all speculation. If Mr. Smith was the absolute answer he would have been playing.
    You forget about SF's turn-overs in the first half? Maybe that had something to do with it, possibly."

    Apparently you forgot that one of those turnovers was a horrific pass by Kaepernick. HORRIFIC.

  • islandboy Honolulu, HI
    Feb. 3, 2013 9:18 p.m.

    Alex Smith starting for SF = 49er victory? Nope, don't think so. Ravens Rule!

  • 32843 PROVO, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    @toosmartforyou

    Yes, turnovers cost the 9er's. Have you forgotten that one of those turnovers was off a poorly thrown ball which was easily intercepted? That turnover resulted in a score for the Ravens. I tend to agree with John Charity Spring, it's likely the 9er's would have won this game if Smith had been playing. But, only twit like Jim Harbaugh would replace a QB that took them to the championship game last year and had a brilliant season going until he got hurt.

    I'm no way a Alex Smith fan. He is, after all, a product of the UoU. But, one thing I hate more than that is the mercenary attitude the 49er's coach displayed and the shabby treatment he laid on Smith. I was against the 49er's only because I didn't want such a jerk like Harbaugh getting a super bowl championship on his resume. People like him, people with a win at all costs attitude, are a horrible example to hold up to our children. I was happy to see Colin K have a mediocre game and contribute to the Ravens winning this years Super Bowl.

  • GoodGuyGary Houston, TX
    Feb. 3, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    So many Alex Smith fans here. But the fact is, he didn't play, whatever you guys want to say, 49ers and Alex Smith lost, end of discussion.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 10:20 p.m.

    When Alex got injured, Jim went with the hot hand.

    No problem...Alex received the same benefit when Brett was injured.

    However...

    When David failed to get the kicking job done, Jim brought in a person to compete for the kicking job.

    Since Jim failed to get the job done for the second consecutive year, Jim should understand and the 9'ers ownership should bring in a Head Coach to compete for Jims' job.

    What goes around should come around...

    What's good enough for the players should be good enough for the coaches.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 10:22 p.m.

    Tom in CA

    "Ya, and I can see Alex Smith running one in from 20 yards out." - Apparently you missed a lot of Alex's games the past two years where he has shown that he too can run the football a little. His run for a touchdown against the Saints in last year's playoffs was awesome.

    "Unfortunate for the 49ers there was a terrible bad no call at the end of the end that cost the game." - Sorry but just as the announcers said, that was a great no-call. The defender grabbed at the receiver when the receiver started attempting to create space. Had the receiver done nothing then it would've been right to throw the flag ... but that was absolutely not the case and the refs were right to let the players decide the game. GREAT no-call.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 10:22 p.m.

    Thank you Brendon Ayanbadejo. Enjoy your success, and thank you for your support.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 10:54 p.m.

    @utah "fans"

    Yea if alex smith had played there is no way the 49ers defense would have given up all of those points. Great insight by you guys. LOL!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 10:59 p.m.

    kaepernick made several throws, completions, that alex smith couldn't have made on his best day. There was one to davis in particular that smith never could have made and the 49ers finished that drive with a score. To think that playing the vastly inferior smith, instead of the vastly superior kaepernick, would have lead to a 49ers win is ridiculous. As I said the 49ers still give up 34 points whjether smith plays or kaepernick and several of the runs and passes kaepe3rnick made simth is completely incapable of making. If smith starts that game it is never even close, ravens win in a blowout.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 11:31 p.m.

    Speculation on both sides. Fact is no one will ever know. I believe that Smith makes a few of the throws that Kap floated. I mentioned on another post that Colin has no touch. Something many others have said as well. He likes to show off his arm strength, which is fine, except sometimes showing off, doesn't do it. The run that Kap had for the TD, I could have made as well, it was wide open, he did nothing extraordinary on that one. As pointed out already Smith isn't exactly a non issue as a running QB. He isn't as fast, but still runs as good as most NFL QB's. Different styles of player for sure, but Smith throws a better ball (not harder, better, more accurate) and is much smarter. Sometimes "game managers" are what you need. It would have come in handy tonight for sure.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 11:38 p.m.

    Duckhunter,

    Your logic is flawed. If Alex plays, chances are great he'd have had a higher completion percentage which means they move the chains more in the first half when Kaepernick was bumbling and stumbling. If that happens (as Alex's stats prove likely) then the Ravens don't get as many possessions which means less points.
    And while you talk about the throws Kaepernick completed that Alex supposedly couldn't have, let's talk about the interception Kaepernick threw that Alex most certainly wouldn't have. That gift led to more of those Baltimore points as you may recall.
    See how flawed your logic is? That's right, points aren't always 100% the fault of the defense.
    Bottom line, Kaep is extremely talented and gifted but Alex is more calm, level-headed and steady. This game would've been less likely to have gotten out of hand had Alex's high completion percentage and low turnover ratio been a factor in the game.
    You don't mess with a Super Bowl favorite mid-season, Harbaugh should've finished the year with Alex at the helm. I'd have loved there chances had he done so.

  • ImABeliever Provo, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 11:41 p.m.

    Can we not have better officials in the most important game of the year? I watched my 49er's all year long earn the right to go to the Super Bowl and poor officiating on the kickoff return, safety and 4th down make me sick to my stomach.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 11:47 p.m.

    Correction ... I'd have loved THEIR chances ...
    Fell victim to my own pet peeve.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 11:49 p.m.

    ImABeliever

    "Can we not have better officials in the most important game of the year? I watched my 49er's all year long earn the right to go to the Super Bowl and poor officiating on the kickoff return, safety and 4th down make me sick to my stomach."

    Wow, that's a serious stretch on all three of those. There's a little denial and bias going on in your comment there.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Feb. 4, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    Colin is the future.
    Smith is soft.

  • One more anonymous voice West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    I'm just waiting for all the Ute fans to rise in righteous indignation over Ray Lewis's comments at the end of the game:
    "When God is for you, who can be against you?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    @motorbike

    kaepernick extended several drives by running for 1st downs, at least 3-4 of them that I can think of. smith would not have been able to make any of those runs. kaepernick made several throws for 1st downs that smith could not make either. Your "logic" fails in that all you focus on are the points you think smith would have done better while ignoring the things smith would have done worse or could not have done at all.

    In my opinion the BEST smith could have done would be a wash with what kaepernick did, that is at best. That still equates to a loss. Some of you utah "fans" delusional take on smith's abilities are pretty funny though. The truth is if SF did anything less than win the Superbowl you were all going to go on a "smith woulda won it" tirade. None of you made a single comment on the subject for the last 2 months while kaepernick carved up the NFL, but since SF did not win the Superbowl it is now because smith, the far less talented qb, didn't play. LOL!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    @One more anonymous voice

    They're to busy rising in "righteous indignation" over SF playing the vastly superior kaepernick over the vastly inferior smith to be worried about that. Plus they were all going for the ravens because of their "righteous indignation" over smith's benching so they actually agree with lewis. They all really think God smote harbaugh for his decision. You know the decision that actually lead to SF making it to the Superbowl instead of losing in the playoffs and not being able to make even one 1st down for the last 6 possetions of the NFC championship game. LOL!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 4, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    As a seahawk fan, I'm just glad the 49ers lost. Harbaugh is a schmuck; and for a lot more reasons then who he starts at QB. That's Karma, glad they lost!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    @spokane ute

    As a Rams fan I agree with you completely.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    Smith would not have made a difference other than the 49ers would have lost by more. He does not have the talent. He has shown it in the past and will continue to show it in the future. You can like him all you want because he went to the u, but facts are facts and he is not that good. u tend to look at all the positive things he has done in the past which everyone does, but fail to look at all the negatives. Sorry, but you have to look at both and SF was correct in not starting him or even putting him in. All these armchair coach's make me laugh. The u is full of them.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    Duckhunter,

    Your only rebuttal was that I ignored CKaep's running. Yet I point you in the direction of the Super Bowl MVP - Joe Flacco. Flacco had less running yards AND less passing yards than CKaep, yet the Ravens won. There's also no saying that Alex couldn't have extended those same drives by simply completing more passes as he has proven to do in the past.

    Secondly, CKaep's running didn't help the Niners in the first half when they had so many stalled 49er drives. Instead it was his inconsistent passing of the ball and a terrible interception that helped dig an ugly hole.

    Again I point you to the Super Bowl MVP who is far more similar to Alex Smith than CKaep. Turns out being a game-manager type who makes fewer mistakes is not such a bad thing after all. Alex would have been far less flashy as CKaep yesterday, but I'd have loved the Niner's chances had he played.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    @motorbike

    I also said kaepernick made several throws smith is incapable of making. You realize kaepernick ran for those 1st downs because none of the wr's were open don't you? Are you trying to tell us smith, with a weaker, inferior arm would have been able to complete passes for 1st downs to wr's that were not open?

    You also seem to forget, or maybe it's just ignore, the fact that Baltimore was blowing SF out. They were lighting up SF's defense. How does alex smith improve that poor defensive showing? All you can claim is that he would have moved the ball better than kaepernick and kept the Baltimore offense off the field. Based on what? Your opinion?

    The truth is kaepernick is better than smith, it really isn't even debateable. kaepernick got them to the superbowl, something smith couldn't do. kaepernick brought them back from a large deficit with his running and passing in the 2nd half. Frankly he played very well.

    Your smith love simply has you deluded into thinking his inferior talent could accomplish more than kaepernick's vastly superior abilities. I find it funny.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Feb. 4, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    "I watched my 49er's all year long earn the right to go to the Super Bowl and poor officiating on the kickoff return, safety and 4th down make me sick to my stomach."

    Take off your 49er glasses....give me a break. You know nothing about football. Since when is it bad officiating if a player decides to run out of the endzone for a safety? Get a clue.

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 2:30 p.m.

    Silly to just assume that Smith makes all those plays and makes no mistakes himself. Fact is San Francisco has struggled in the red zone for most of the past 2 years no matter who is under center. This game was lost in the 49er secondary and their inability to stop Ravens receivers on 3rd down. It was also lost on special teams. Enough with the BYU and Utah myopia. There were a lot of other people on the field besides the BYU and Utah alums.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 4:19 p.m.

    Duckhunter,

    You're not grasping the fact that where Kaepernick failed yesterday is where Smith typically excels. Many of us warned it would be exactly this that would come back to haunt Harbaugh in a big game.

    Yes Kaep has the stronger arm, yet going for the big play equated to stalled drives in the first half. Based on what we all know of Smith, he likely would've been more patient and completed more balls by taking what the defense gave him. That would in turn have led to shorter, more attainable 3rd downs where they could've better utilized the run game to help. In the meantime they'd have kept the ball away from the Ravens, keeping the scoreboard in check. You in turn want to blame SF's defense even though it was Kaepernick's big play mentality and errors that kept SF's defense on the field in the first half.

    Put it this way, if the Niners would've won, Kaepernick would've been MVP. If Smith had played and the Niners won, someone like Gore would've been MVP. That said, I'd have liked the Niner's chances more with Smith.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 4:27 p.m.

    Duckhunter,

    "How does alex smith improve that poor defensive showing? All you can claim is that he would have moved the ball better than kaepernick and kept the Baltimore offense off the field. Based on what? Your opinion?"
    ____

    Just to be clear ... yes that is my opinion. However that opinion is based on factual information ... namely, Alex Smith's completion ratio AND turnover ratio. If Alex Smith plays an Alex Smith kind of game, Baltimore has fewer 1st half possessions and isn't given great field position on a TERRIBLE interception leading to a touchdown.

    That my friend is exactly what the Niners could have used yesterday, you're just to bugged to admit it.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 5:13 p.m.

    @motorbike

    I'm not "bugged" by anything about this. The fact is you have no clue about what smith "woulda, coulda, or shoulda" done in that game. I KNOW this for a fact. kaepernick is a vastly superior talent. harbaugh knows this and benched smith. smith was unable to even get the team to the superbowl and when he had his chance last year he was unable to even get one single 1st down on 6 straight possessions in the 2nd half of that game.

    kaepernick actually got the team to the superbowl and kaepernick played a very good game.

    Your smith delusions are funny, and fun for me to mock, but they are just that, delusions. He was benched because he isn't as good, plain and simple. Deal with it.

    kaepernick made plays both thgrowing and running that smith could never make. With smith in that game SF gets blown out, they never make a comeback they simply get pounded into the turf.

    We know this for sure as well, smith got benched, harbaugh deems him insufficient. You all thought harbaugh was a genius until he benched smith when in truth benching smith is what made him a genius.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 9:09 p.m.

    Duckhunter,

    "The fact is you have no clue about what smith "woulda, coulda, or shoulda" done in that game."
    - yet you seem to know exactly what Smith woulda done.
    ____

    "kaepernick actually got the team to the superbowl"
    - Actually Kaepernick AND Smith got the team to the superbowl. As for last year ... did Kaepernick play the 2011/12 NY Giants? And let's remember at mid-season Alex had most people predicting the Niners would WIN the Super Bowl - Kaepernick fell short of that expectation.
    ____

    "kaepernick made plays both throwing and running that smith could never make."
    - Agreed. Flacco couldn't have made those plays either, yet he's a Super Bowl MVP.
    ____

    "With smith...they never make a comeback"
    - Again I agree ... because there's no comeback to make. He completes more balls, keeps the Ravens offense off the field, and doesn't throw a pick leading to a touchdown.
    ____

    "You all thought harbaugh was a genius until he benched smith"
    - It's easy to see what he likes about Kaepernick but he gave people like myself credibility for doubting his decision when his super bowl caliber team came up short.
    ____

    LOL!