Flacco might never be a Hall of Famer, but in his fifth season, he finally seems comfortable reading NFL defenses and is starting to show off his abundant arm talent. Flacco outplayed Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady over the last three games, and seems good enough to win a Super Bowl with.
Second-year 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick also has plenty of talent, but he doesn’t have much experience, and I’d like to see him do it a few more times before I go predicting Super Bowl wins for him. That’s not to say Kaepernick can’t do it, but I’m a little hesitant to bet on a quarterback who was winless in two games against the hapless St. Louis Rams this year.
Prediction: Ravens 27, 49ers 24
Former Sports Writer
Finally … Mike Neagle has come back to Oneonta!
Twelve years ago, when I was last a regular contributor to this newspaper, The Rock was the top wrestler, “The Simpsons” were a network TV staple, and the Baltimore Ravens were in the Super Bowl.
Today, The Rock is the WWE Champion, “The Simpsons” are still a pillar of Sunday night television, and the Baltimore Ravens are in the Super Bowl.
Seems as if some things never change. But these Ravens are a different bunch than the 2000 version that decimated my Giants, who were a Ron Dixon kickoff return away from an ignominious shutout.
For one, they have a more-than-competent quarterback in Joe Flacco, the AFC’s Eli Manning – i.e., a streaky QB who has a knack for getting it done in the playoffs, especially on the road. The current team’s defense is not nearly as stout as it was 12 years ago. The 2000 Ravens were first in the league in points allowed and second in yards; the 2012 version was 12th and 17th, respectively, in the regular season. Quite pedestrian.