LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The San Francisco 49ers lethargic first half ultimately proved to be too much to overcome and the Baltimore Ravens walked away victorious at Super Bowl XLVII.
A calamity of poor decisions and lack of execution doomed San Francisco even before Beyonce could shake what her mother gave her at halftime. But what was their single biggest mistake?
Danny Rouhier, co-host of Holden and Danny on 106.7 The Fan, says it was the 49ers’ decision not to run the read option with goal to go at the 7-yard line in the game’s final two minutes.
“They never once did something to make it more difficult for those Baltimore linebackers,” Rouhier said. “All throughout the second half, San Francisco took advantage of what Baltimore was doing. . . They were dominating and all of a sudden they let themselves get pushed around inside the goal line. I thought the biggest mistake was not putting the ball in Kaepernick’s hands and letting that giant run the ball in.”
In the eyes of Holden Kushner the most disastrous moment for the 49ers came early, setting up the game’s first score.
On 3rd and 9 at the San Francisco 18-yard line, a Joe Flacco pass intended for Dennis Pitta fell incomplete. However, San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks was flagged for offsides, breathing new life into a drive that otherwise would have ended with a field goal attempt.
Instead, Flacco capitalized on the mulligan, finding Anquan Boldin in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown strike and the first six points of a 28-6 scoring run that put Baltimore firmly in the driver’s seat.
Boldin, a 10-year veteran, led Ravens receivers with six catches for 104 yards and the score.
What do you think is the biggest mistake of the game?