1. I never would have thought we would be talking about a non-call in the Super Bowl again. At least not so soon. But in a season that began with replacement referees and ended on a 4th and 5 hold — and yes, it was a hold — one has to seriously be concerned with the state of officiating. The San Francisco 49ers fan base was sent into a tailspin after an infraction on Michael Crabtree’s possible game-winning touchdown went uncalled. It was one in a series of bad no-calls in Super Bowl XLVII. There’s this whole thing about the genie in the bottle when it comes to losses after the fact, but there is also a cold, hard truth here: The 49ers didn’t deserve to win. The Baltimore Ravens, finishing on top 34-31, took the game from San Francisco in the first quarter and were on the verge of giving the ballgame up before getting a little help. But make no mistake about it, the Ravens played for 60 minutes, something the 49ers failed to do. And when the game was on the line, and the comeback was in its full throes, the Ravens got one in a series of bad calls to go their way. It doesn’t make the call right, but it was equally distributed between the two teams. (via Bad no-call sours Super Bowl loss for 49ers - Extra Points - Boston.com)

    I never would have thought we would be talking about a non-call in the Super Bowl again. At least not so soon. But in a season that began with replacement referees and ended on a 4th and 5 hold — and yes, it was a hold — one has to seriously be concerned with the state of officiating. The San Francisco 49ers fan base was sent into a tailspin after an infraction on Michael Crabtree’s possible game-winning touchdown went uncalled. It was one in a series of bad no-calls in Super Bowl XLVII. There’s this whole thing about the genie in the bottle when it comes to losses after the fact, but there is also a cold, hard truth here: The 49ers didn’t deserve to win. The Baltimore Ravens, finishing on top 34-31, took the game from San Francisco in the first quarter and were on the verge of giving the ballgame up before getting a little help. But make no mistake about it, the Ravens played for 60 minutes, something the 49ers failed to do. And when the game was on the line, and the comeback was in its full throes, the Ravens got one in a series of bad calls to go their way. It doesn’t make the call right, but it was equally distributed between the two teams. (via Bad no-call sours Super Bowl loss for 49ers - Extra Points - Boston.com)

  2. View from the pressbox. #patriots #ravens  (at Gillette Stadium)

    View from the pressbox. #patriots #ravens (at Gillette Stadium)

  3. The AFC championship trophy. #patriots #ravens  (at Gillette Stadium)

    The AFC championship trophy. #patriots #ravens (at Gillette Stadium)

  4. Game time. #patriots #ravens  (Taken with Instagram at M&T Bank Stadium)

    Game time. #patriots #ravens (Taken with Instagram at M&T Bank Stadium)

  5. 15 till. #patriots #ravens  (Taken with Instagram at M&T Bank Stadium)

    15 till. #patriots #ravens (Taken with Instagram at M&T Bank Stadium)

  6. A little more than 30 minutes to game time. #patriots #ravens  (Taken with Instagram at M&T Bank Stadium)

    A little more than 30 minutes to game time. #patriots #ravens (Taken with Instagram at M&T Bank Stadium)

  7. Johnny Unitas statue at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, home of the Ravens. #ravens #patriots  (Taken with Instagram)

    Johnny Unitas statue at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, home of the Ravens. #ravens #patriots (Taken with Instagram)

  8. The Patriots’ last playoff matchup with the Baltimore Ravens was a  stinging dose of reality in New England. Despite the team’s success that  season (10-6), home field advantage, and the not-so meager hopes behind  one Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr., some cold humble pie was dished  out by the more physical and more defensively gifted Ravens. Not this  year. The talent inequality that once existed between the Ravens and  Patriots no longer exists. And with it, the Patriots’ physicality has  progressed. The Patriots are peaking right now. It’s with these thoughts  in mind that we lay down our predictions for Sunday’s AFC Championship.   (via Predicting the Patriots-Ravens game - Boston.com)

    The Patriots’ last playoff matchup with the Baltimore Ravens was a stinging dose of reality in New England. Despite the team’s success that season (10-6), home field advantage, and the not-so meager hopes behind one Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr., some cold humble pie was dished out by the more physical and more defensively gifted Ravens. Not this year. The talent inequality that once existed between the Ravens and Patriots no longer exists. And with it, the Patriots’ physicality has progressed. The Patriots are peaking right now. It’s with these thoughts in mind that we lay down our predictions for Sunday’s AFC Championship. (via Predicting the Patriots-Ravens game - Boston.com)

  9. Wow, looks like the parents had favorites. 

ilovebaltimoresports:

Jackie and Jack Harbaugh, parents of Ravens coach John Harbaugh and  49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, celebrated their 50th anniversary this past Friday.
    Wow, looks like the parents had favorites.

    ilovebaltimoresports:

    Jackie and Jack Harbaugh, parents of Ravens coach John Harbaugh and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, celebrated their 50th anniversary this past Friday.