Roman outsmarted himself in the clutch this game just like he has all season, but he is still better than anyone out there. Give him a full offseason with Kaep, and this offense will be a well oiled machine.
Think about the potential, Kaep was playing in a growing offense.. Hell how many "play actions" had the QB handing the ball one way while the RB ran off the opposite way. This is the sloppiest the offense will look and it was just 5 yards away from a ring. The entire coaching staff and at least 17 of 22 starters are coming back next year. This team has taken its place among perennial Super Bowl contenders,
Originally posted by JR80Forever:
I know Roman's play calling was suspect at the end, but lets be honest, we lost the game in the 1st half. We ended up losing by 3 in the end and we would have been ahead had we not made those mistakes. LMJ fumble would have resulted in either 3 or 7 points, we were driving. Instead the Ravnes get the ball and score. The Kaep INT resulted in points for Ravens and then there was the Kickoff Return. All 3 resulted in points for the Ravens that were uncharacteristic moves by the Offense and Special Teams. So the defensive Secondary gets exposed due to the costly mistakes of the Offense/Special Teams. Not trying to shift the blame from Roman on the final drive, just stating an opposing view.
Did we score a TD in the first half? Roman sucks
Last I looked Kaep and LMJ turned the ball over. That isn't Roman's fault.
Ummmmm, like the Falcons game, we didnt start playing until after half-time! This has to be fixed next year. I haven't seen a team lay down in the 1st half in the playoffs regularly since the Rams 10-12 years ago!
Immaturity versus maturity. Baltimore had a huge edge on experience and demeanor. While Moss was claiming he was king of the world, Culliver was emoting bigoted thoughts, CK was kissing his bicep and patenting his name...Lewis, Flacco, Reed and all were getting ready to play. Not the end of the world but the 9ers are where the Ravens were several years ago and need to grow up. This should be a huge step in that process.
The first play of the game...a penalty? Really? Disappointing but I feared the Ravens more than any other playoff team because of their ability to match the 9ers physically and they had guys like Reed who come up big at important moments.
The look in many of the niners eyes after the first quarter was one of confusion and perhaps fear...as in "I don't want to lose" not "don't hurt me." They are tough guys and I expect them to bounce back.
I am totally bummed that the niners have lost a Super Bowl and a niner QB has thrown an interception in a Super Bowl...but compared to global problems...no big deal!
Originally posted by Jakemall:
I'm more upset about the no call on Boldin when he facemasked the defender while he ran for more yards...no call and it would have killed a scoring drive.
Almost like Harbaughs comment earlier this season, "It's not impossible to throw the ball when your helmet is turned and you're looking out the side of the ear hole, but it makes it a lot harder", buts more like its not impossible to tackle someone when staring at the top of your helmet but it does make it alot harder. lol
Pretty much...and it was pretty blatant..I don't know how he got away with it..the guy's helmet shifted.
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