I know you young'ns don't have any idea what I'm talking about, but there was a time when the Super Bowl was a dud more often than not.
Those times are gone. The Ravens' 34-31 survival of the 49ers was another classic. Here's what I saw:
* Welcome to the superstar club, Joe Flacco. Hope it treats you well.
* Career playoff record for Dan Marino: 8-10. Fran Tarkenton: 6-4. Bob Griese 6-5. Peyton Manning 9-11. Flacco: 9-4.
* About the time CBS' Bill Cowher suggested Jim Harbaugh consider inserting Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick turned into Superman again.
What a game for Kaepernick: 16 of 28, 302 yards and a touchdown passing, plus 62 yards on seven carries and a TD. His star did not wane.
* A 34-minute power-outage delay? The happiest man in America was Jerry Jones. The Arlington ticket fiasco from two years ago has company.
* CBS' inferior production was on full display during the outage. NBC and FOX have professionals on the sidelines working their games. CBS had to turn to Steve Tasker, who can't speak that well about football, something he knows about, much less something he doesn't.
* The Harbaugh brothers clearly are more alike than different. John is calmer than Jim, but that doesn't mean John is reserved. He's a little on the fiery side himself, as when he reamed out that NFL executive during the outage.
* Loved the deliberate safety by the Ravens. Great play by punter Sam Koch, running off eight seconds along the back of the end zone. He seemed to know where he was. Step out of the end zone early, and the 49ers could have had time for a snap.
* I didn't even mind the Ravens' fake field goal, which failed but backed up the 49ers inside their own 10-yard line and led to Baltimore points anyway.
How's that for showing confidence in your kickers and punters? John Harbaugh had them both run with the football in crucial situations.
* Good no-call on the final 49er play. Lots of contact, but some of it was Michael Crabtree pushing on the head of Raven cornerback Jimmy Smith.
* The game was good, but the best part of the night was in pregame, when Jennifer Hudson and the Sandy Hook Elementary School choir sang “America the Beautiful.
Great song. Great tribute to the Sandy Hook victims. Great scene, with John Harbaugh standing next to his young daughter.
The NFL hits a lot of home runs. Few went farther than this one.
* But why didn't Hudson sing a different verse of “Beautiful”? Great song, with multiple great verses.
* The Ravens are old school. Tough team. Hard-nosed. Their own marching band. And even acrobatic cheerleaders — males tossing females into the air.
* The 49ers trotted some funky formations, including a fullhouse backfield lined up diagonally. And that counter sweep for a Frank Gore was gorgeous.
NFL defensive coordinators know how they will spend the off-season.
Watching ton of 49er tape.
* Don't Forget This Play I: Ed Reed's blitz on the 49er 2-point conversion early in the fourth quarter. That kept the 49ers from a tie, and thus made them need a touchdown, not just a field goal, on the final drive.
* Don't Forget This Play II: Flacco's audible on third-and-inches from the Raven 45-yard line, midway through the fourth quarter. Flacco threw a back-shoulder, 15-yard strike to the well-covered Anquan Boldin, setting up a Raven field goal.
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