Here we go! The path to Super Bowl has been set. The Baltmore Ravens will meet the San Francisco 49ers on February 3rd!
Both teams pulled out astounding come backs this past Sunday in their respective games.
The Baltimore Ravens turned their match around against the New England Patriots after half time, when Raven’s qurterback Joe Flacco succeeded in 2 touchdown passes. He went on to score 2 touch downs in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter.
‘It was pretty awesome,’ declared Flacco. ‘We were here last year and thought we had it, but came up a little short. Guys came out in the second half and made plays… we put pressure on them like that and it worked pretty well’
Both teams’ efforts are a reminder of how to tackle adversity. Like The Wild Geese, they didn’t quit and made every second count. The results of the first half would not determine the match outcome. The Ravens are now heading into their first Super Bowl since 2001.
But last weekend’s comeback kings were certainly the San Francisco 49s. They turned an impending loss of 17-0 against the Atlanta Falcons into a final match score of 28-24, the biggest comeback seen in an NFC Championship game! It was a fiercely fought match and running back Frank Gore (who pulled off a 9 yard run half way through the 4th quarter) was very complimentary of the competition:
They certainly did. Super Bowl XLVII is shaping up to be one of high drama and tough competition. It will be Raven’s great Ray Lewis’ final match before he retires. It will be a chance for 49ers newcomer Colin Kaepernick to showcase his talents. And a battle of brothers: John and Jim Harbaugh will face off on February 3rd, John coaches the Ravens and Jim coaches the 49ers.
With such anticipation, players on both sides are thinking about what the coming weeks will mean. And both are reminders of the lessons we’ve learned from The Wild Geese: team work and maintaining a positive attitude.
The 49ers’ Kaepernick will be keeping a cool head: ‘Going out on the field frantic isn’t going to help you score points. You have to stay calm. You have to try and lead your team’