Well my initial thought was that it has been snowing in Bowling Green for like 5 days straight. But that turned into some pretty in-depth sporting thoughts with that whole football game yesterday.
I started watching 22 minutes after the power outage. Everyone kept saying that the power outage was a “momentum changer”. I thought this was an interesting statement. Continuing my habit over analyzing, I concluded that there are 3 things vital to staging a comeback, such as the one the 49ers put together last evening:
- The team has to be good enough. It’s gonna take more than just dumb luck to come back from a 3 score deficit in most leagues, but most especially the NFL…in the Super Bowl.
- The team has to believe they can turn it around. It may sound simple, but the attitude of the team is so important here. The 49ers had a few spectacular comebacks in their playoff run, so I have to say they believed they could do it again. If they are sitting there thinking, “Dang, I can’t believe we’re blowing it,” they sure won’t fix anything.
- GAME CHANGER. This is the part that is so unpredictable. This is the lights going out in the third quarter. A catalyst for turning things around has to happen to change the momentum. In this case it was the lights. Who’s to say that a big third down conversion wouldn’t have done the trick? Who knows? Bonus: In hockey, fighting is often used in this regard. Also, a strategic timeout could be used, as Peter Laviolette is known to call (See Philadelphia vs. Boston in Game 7 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs).
My point here is while it appears the power outage may have been the Niners’ game changer, they are very capable of creating their own, especially with playmakers (Kaepernick, Gore, Davis, Crabtree, Moss?) on that team.
I didn’t get to see any post game interviews with John Harbaugh to hear his decision making process at the end of the game, but I love that the former special teams coach decided to take the safety and put the game on his special teams unit rather than give the ball to the Niners around midfield. The right call in my mind, especially the way Sam Koch was able to drain the clock.
Good for Baltimore. I was starting to believe the Baltimore Blast was the best team in that city (only kidding).