I personally believe that this was a fair game, and the better team won the game. While I admit the blackout was somewhat suspicious, I do not believe the Ravens intentionally let the 49ers back in it...the Niners are a proven slow starter and a good second half team. Against the Falcons they were down 17-0 and they came back and won the game...I believe the NFL would have too much to lose if any evidence surface, so the risk would be too great...That would be the end of the NFL in my opinion...So for me, congratulations to the Ravens, well played game and they made the plays when they had to to win the game.
but it was also an unfortunate unfair advnatge gained by the 49ers off of the accident.
A 34 minute delay gave the Ravens time to cool off and lose some of that adrenaline rush while the 49ers had the opportunity to regroup and regain some composure.
One could argue that the 34 minute delay gave the 49ers the same opportunity go all "woe is me" and cash it in while the Ravens spent that time talking amongst themselves to keep the focus.The only way, in my mind, that a team could have gained an advantage from that situation is if one team utilized that time better than the other. Certainly, from the rest of the game, you would have to say that the 49ers made better use of the extra half hour than the Ravens did, but its only an advantage if you make it one and only a disadvantage for the same reason.
We could play "what ifs" until next season on how each team COULD have spent the time but, I just don't see either team gaining an advantage.
realize I'm just a dumb ass Browns fan . . . but, can someone please explain to me how only one team gains an unfair advantage when both teams were sitting around idle during the blackout?You cannot maintain a little thing called momentum by planning. The Ravens where abotu to force a quick 3 and out after a huge return TD on the kickoff. Everything is going their way and adrenaline would have been pumping. Regardless of who you are you cant sit there for 34 minutes and keep that intensity up and running. So while the 334 minutes of blackout cooled the hto ravens down the 49ers are sitting on the other side getting a chance to take a deep breath realize there is still time in the game and that they do not need to panic yet. It is just my opinoin (and actually its not as many people have said no blackout no close game) but I can get that a browns fan wouldnt understand momentum.
Didn't the Ravens have the same amount of time to get their heads around the situation and plan acordingly?
Didn't the 49ers have to spend the same amount of time wondering what hit 'em?