Why Beyonce? Why not? As we recap the Ravens' 34-31 victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, here's five amazing stats to take away from the game.
1. Jacoby Jones' 290 Total Yards
Who saw this coming? Not me, that's for sure.
Jacoby Jones was the difference in this game, hauling in a 56-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco and returning a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown. You and I know that while Jones is a capable receiver and a Pro Bowl return man, the Ravens weren't counting on him for one score, let alone two, in the Super Bowl.
Jacoby Jones' 290 total yards qualifies as the most amazing stat of Super Bowl 47.
2. The 49ers' Offense
The Niners had a 300-yard passer, 100-yard rusher, and two 100-yard receivers. They out-gained the Ravens by 101 yards. What's amazing about this stat? The fact that San Francisco didn't win. Stats aren't everything, but c'mon.
3. Aldon Smith's Zero Sacks
This was a gimme for Aldon Smith. The second-year phenom was invisible Sunday night, producing just one hit on quarterback Joe Flacco and no sacks. Smith was matched up against the Ravens' struggling left tackle Bryant McKinnie, so many experts expected a big day from Smith.
Aldon Smith's Super Bowl dud isn't the lone reason the Niners lost, but it certainly didn't help them. San Fran's lack of a consistent pass rush was perhaps the main reason Baltimore finished a superb 9-16 on 3rd down.
4. The Post-Blackout Stats
The Baltimore Ravens were rolling. Beyonce's halftime show (which for the record, was extraordinary) was followed by a Jacoby Jones 108-yard kick return for a touchdown. The score was Ravens 28, 49ers 6.
Then, all of a sudden, the lights went out. After a 34-minute delay, it was a different game. The Niners outscored Baltimore 25-6 and more than doubled the Ravens in yardage (260-126) after the power outage. If you had turned on the game during or after the blackout, you'd definitely believe the 49ers were the better team on Sunday.
5. Joe Flacco's Perfect Postseason
Finally, Joe Flacco has his ring. His haters and doubters have been silenced. Flacco, Super Bowl XLVII MVP, went 22-of-33 Sunday for 287 yards and three scores. Most importantly, he threw no interceptions.
In fact, Joe's 11-0 TD-INT ratio this postseason ties a record set by Joe Montana. At no time in Sunday's game or any other this postseason did Flacco look flustered in any way. His performance Sunday was one of the best in Super Bowl history. There's only one word to describe it: amazing.