The Big Game Sunday certainly provided plenty of big story lines that will likely be talked about around the office for the rest of the week, and even for the next couple of months. By now there’s a good chance you’ve already identified Baltimore as the Super Bowl champs after beating San Francisco 34-31. You can read a full summary of the game here, but there’s no need to dive too deep. If you’re more of a casual fan consider these talking points and tid-bits that will help you fit right in to any Super Bowl conversation and sound even smarter.
- The final score was a little closer than the actual outcome because Baltimore chose to take a safety with just a few seconds remaining to run out more of the clock and give the defense better field position. The safety gave the 49er’s 2 points and made the game look a little closer than it was.
- A power outage caused a 34-minute delay in the game and helped shift momentum to San Francisco. The 49er’s trailed 28-6 before their offense picked up in the third quarter.
- Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was named Super Bowl MVP. You’ll hear a lot of talk about a new contract for Flacco. His rookie contract is up and the Ravens will need to sign him to a long-term deal. There were questions about his overall talent and ability – until Sunday’s game.
- Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis goes out on top. He announced a few weeks ago that he would retire at the end of the season, and now he goes out as a Super Bowl champ.
- When looking at the sibling rivalry aspect, it was older brother John Harbaugh hoisting the trophy, while little brother Jim lost for a second time when coaching head to head against his brother.
- Of course there are the commercials from Sunday’s Big Game. 30-second spots sold for $3.8 million and reached more than 100 million viewers.
- The season is officially over, but the NFL has turned into a year round sport for avid fans. Next up, the NFL combine February 20-26. The draft is April 25-27. The league will announce the full 2013 schedule at the end of April as well.
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