The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens put on one of the greatest Super Bowls in NFL history Sunday, but the 2013 edition of the NFL Championship game was far from perfect.
The play on the field may have been everything a football fan could have ever asked for and more, but the hoopla around the rest of the sports-entertainment spectacular was lackluster at best.
The Good: Joe Flacco’s Emergence as a Star
There is no questioning how poorly Joe Flacco played at times during the regular season—three games with a quarterback rating of lower than 10—but 1,140 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions this postseason proves the young man can be as clutch as anyone in the league.
Flacco deserved the Super Bowl MVP after his performance Sunday and throughout the playoffs.
The MVP award was the fitting way to start Flacco in his new role as team leader as well. With Ray Lewis retiring after this game, the Ravens will be looking for a leader on and off the field.
That’s where Flacco’s role will expand.
After staying confident under pressure and never wavering, the young quarterback is ready for the challenge of being Baltimore’s top guy for years to come.
The Bad: A Power Outage During the Super Bowl
As seen Sunday in the Superdome, nothing can kill the momentum of a game more than a stadium losing half of its power for a total of 34 minutes.
The swing in momentum was so drastic that the delay almost cost the Baltimore Ravens the win.
Baltimore had just run back an 108-yard touchdown to open up the second half of play, and was about to force the 49ers into a three-and-out drive when half the lights in the stadium went dark.
After a 34-minute delay in the action, the lights were illuminated once again, but the Ravens missed the starting gun. Shortly after play resumed, San Francisco scored two touchdowns within four minutes of each other to bring the game within one score.
The Ravens were able to collect themselves and salvage the win, but the ugly situation marred what turned out to be an amazing game.
The Ugly: The Commercials
While this must be prefaced with the fact that several commercials were excellent—everything from Leon Sandcastle to Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd—the vast majority of the commercials during the game were not as entertaining as in years past.
The money spent on Super Bowl ads each season should warrant the best and most creative ideas making it to the screen. Instead, many companies tried to rehash old ideas unsuccessfully (Go Daddy) or missed the mark altogether (Coca-Cola).
This should be the time of year when the best ideas are forged and the classic commercials we remember forever are born. But companies are trying to get too cute with their time and are not leaving a lasting impression.
For as much money as businesses are paying for this air time, there should have been many more enjoyable commercials.