ODDS & ENDS
Immediately following the AFC Championship Game the Baltimore Ravens opened as 4 ½ point underdogs in Super Bowl XLVII according to NFL Betting Lines. Today the line sits at 3 ½ and the bet here (pun intended) is that the line will drop to an even 3 by kickoff.
Looking back prior to the conference championships the odds to win the Super Bowl among the then four remaining teams were:
- Ravens 7:1
- Falcons 13:2
- 49ers 9:5
- Patriots 6:5
WHEN THEY LAST MET
Harbowl I took place on Thanksgiving Night, November 24, 2011. The game was a rather uneventful slugfest decided by a late TKO and won by the Ravens 16-6. There were no eye-popping offensive stats. The game’s rushing leader was Ray Rice with 59 yards on 15 carries and Anquan Boldin led all receivers with 63 yards on 4 catches.
The stat that may tell a story is the sack total for both teams. Joe Flacco was clean the entire game and was not sacked once. Alex Smith on the other hand was sent to the carpet 9 times, three times courtesy of Terrell Suggs and twice by Haloti Ngata. Departed D-lineman Cory Redding also registered 2.5 sacks.
Since then the 49ers offensive line combination has had only one change, at right guard. Alex Boone, a 2009 undrafted free agent now mans that position.
They say that games are won and lost at the line of scrimmage and by winning matchups. If Harbowl I is any indication, Harbowl II should have a happy ending for the Ravens.
STEELERS FANS CONFUSED?
Shocker right? Steelers’ fans are confused, the sun will set today…
Yes folks for Bandwagon Nation whose members repeat “Six!” more regularly than their quarterback stiffs waitresses, Super Bowl XLVII presents quite a dilemma.
With a win on Sunday the San Francisco 49ers will maintain their unblemished mark in the big game and advance to 6-0, tying the Steelers for the most Lombardis.
Does Pennsyltucky dare root for their hated divisional archrival in order to preserve the integrity of their six-digit flash? Word is many are experiencing a momentary grasp of reasoning and are rooting for your Baltimore Ravens.
CBS is at the controls for Super Bowl XLVII and let’s just hope that Jim Nantz and Phil Simms are loaded up on Cymbalta. Both are Patriots huggers and a Super Bowl missing Bill Belichick & Company could send the broadcasting tandem down the slippery slope of depression. Simms mentions Tom Brady more regularly than his wife and kids while Jim Nantz, a newlywed, had Brady and Patriots owner Robert Kraft at his wedding this past summer.
M&T BANK STADIUM
Wouldn’t it be a good idea for the Ravens to host a Super Bowl party at M&T Bank Stadium and open it up for fans? Somebody left the gate open on this one. Seems like a no brainer to me! C’mon man!
ARRIVING IN NEW ORLEANS
Last year for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis the New England Patriots arrived first. This year the San Francisco 49ers touched down in The Crescent City before the Ravens, dressed like they were going to the gym.
The Ravens on the other hand, arrived in New Orleans looking like they were on a business trip. And on Sunday, they plan to close the deal.
In the FWIW category, the home team has lost 3 of the last 4 Super Bowls. The 49ers, wearing red, will be the home team.
SUPER BOWL TRIVIA
(answers to be posted in the next Super Random Thoughts: Part II)
- Name the two players who faced each other in a Super Bowl, played the same position, each led their team in rushing for the game, each wore the same number, and they went to the same college.
- The Super Bowl has been played in three stadiums where during that regular season there was not a regular season game played. Name the stadiums.
- Jim Harbaugh is just the second head coach to face a team he played for in a Super Bowl. He was the Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback in 1998. Name the other Super Bowl coach who faced a team he played for in the Super Bowl.
- Name the only quarterback to run for two touchdowns in one Super Bowl game.
- Name the former Raven who scored for another team in a Super Bowl after leaving the Ravens.
- Who had the longest run from scrimmage in Super Bowl history that was not a touchdown run?
- Who was the first player to appear in a Super Bowl game with three teams?
- Who was the first player to appear in a Super Bowl with two teams ?
- Name the first and the last Heisman Trophy winner to score a Super Bowl touchdown.
- Champion Old School Baltimore Football Super Bowl Trivia: Name the 8 players, two of whom are in the Hall of Fame that scored at least one point in a Super Bowl game, these players either scored for the Baltimore Colts in a Super Bowl game or were with the Baltimore Colts, left and scored for another team in a Super Bowl.
The first person to correctly answer 8 of 10 questions will win a $50.00 gift certificate to Tim’s Automotive. Submit your answers to: krbackert
Kurt Backert, our staff NFL historian, reigning NFL Trivia Champion and author of “Old School” here on RSR contributed these trivia questions (and the answers to follow).