Super Bowl roundup
Where were you for the game?
Bobby “Danger” Jones
On a record setting Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers squared of in this years Super Bowl.
In honour of New Orleans, the “Big Easy,” I decided a party would be the best venue to take in this epic event.
But whether you were home sunk into your La-Z-Boy, out at your favorite pub, or dusting off your Destiny Child’s album to remind yourself that Beyonce’s body is still too bootylicious for you, baby — this Super Bowl had a bit of everything.
On the final day of Raven’s defensive captain Ray Lewis’ career, the game came down to numbers, so let’s take a look at some of those digits.
3: The number of points it took for the Ravens to edge out the 49ers and ruin the point spread for sports gamblers everywhere.
2: The number of kegs at the party I attended.
7: The total number of penalties assessed in the game. Surprisingly quite low, as the zebras kept their whistles tucked away.
101: The amount of yards the 49ers’ offense outgunned the Raven’s offensive. Despite putting up more offensive yards than the Ravens, the 49ers came up short. The next two numbers explain that.
2-6: The 49ers’ red-zone success rate. And those two lonely touchdowns were all the 49ers’ were able to convert on.The largest stand would see Baltimore’s defence shut down the 49ers’ offense four times from first-and-goal from seven yards outside the Raven’s end zone.
5-6: The number of beers I did not spill on the host’s white carpet.
2: The number of times the 49ers sacked Joe Flacco. Their inability to contain the “drop back” pivot was costly.
1: The number of interceptions that the 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick threw. Solid performance for the young QB, however that is one more turnover than Flacco, and a first for 49er quarterbacks playing in the Super Bowl.
15: The number of yards on Kaepernick’s record-setting TD run for a quarterback in any Super Bowl.
31: The age of the stunning Beyonce, who showed the world she still has it.
108: The number of yards Jacoby Jones ran when taking the second-half kickoff for a touchdown and claiming the longest play in Super Bowl history.
3: The number of chefs who showed up to the party with home-made chili.
7: The number of tackles big, bad Ray Lewis had in his final game as a pro.
26: The number of ounces in the Jagermiester bottle which was passed around.
34: The number of minutes the game was delayed by power outage.
84: The number of minutes the Ravens’ offense was off the field, a span that was prolonged by the blackout. There is no doubt that this lengthy delay affected the momentum gained by the Ravens.
254: The number of minutes the game lasted, which was the longest in Super Bowl history.
3: The number of Ravens to catch a TD pass thrown by MVP Joe Flacco.
11: The number of Flacco postseason touchdown passes, which ties the NFL record. Flacco also did not throw one pick to go with those 11 touchdown passes. All of these Flacco-related numbers lead to our next large digit.
100 Million +: The amount of cash that Flacco, who is about to enter free agency, can likely look forward to on his next contract.
108.4 Million: The number of people tuned in (in USA) for the Super Bowl. CBS News reported the numbers make it the third-most watched Super Bowl and event in U.S. TV history.
47.7 Million: The number of social media posts about the Super Bowl during the game.
1: The number of bowls of chili I spilled on the white carpet.
20: The amount I spent for the cab ride home.
2: The number of Advil I took in the morning to nurse the hangover.
There it is, my Super Bowl round- up and testimony. A great game, great friends and great food, all boiled down to a few simple numbers.
It was initially stated that Ray Lewis won his first Super Bowl on the last day of his professional career. This was actually his second Super Bowl win, as he’d won his first in 2000. The article has been changed to reflect that. The Reflector regrets the error.