- Seattle, WA
Picking the 49ers to win the SB, I just think they are the more balanced team but we'll see if Andy Reid can get it done.
I watched the first half live but had to go to my bed - but I figured that I'd be late for work had I stayed up anyway, so I watched the rest of the game this morning
Fantastic game - I thought the Chiefs had blown it but in that one crucial play when they were 3rd and 15 and Maholmes made a 44 yd pass, the entire game turned around. The 49ers had no reply - literally. 17 straight points for the 49ers were followed by 21 straight points for the Chiefs (all in the space of just 5 game-minutes at the end of Q4!) and by the time the Chiefs were ahead you could already see that the 49ers were a beaten side.
That said, I am glad that the game didn't hinge on the Chiefs' second TD, as it was very suspect to me. I must admit I didn't really understand how it was given other than the BBC guys explaining that there was nothing 'obvious' to overrule the decision, and in the absence of proof the other way, the on-field decision stands.
In any case, the Chiefs thoroughly deserved their victory and I'm very glad that I recorded it and got to see the whole match without spoilers.
If you're talking about the Damian Williams TD reception, it looked like he could have stepped out of bounds but at the same time it looked like he broke the plane of the goal line with the ball simultaneously. Luckily the ref called it a touchdown because if he had ruled he stepped out, you really didn't have conclusive evidence to overturn that into a touchdown either.
Having watched the England vs France Six Nations rugby union match earlier in the day (we'll just leave it at that) it really highlighted some real differences in the nuances of the rules between what must be two of the most similar sports. Rugby has a 'try' and American Football has a 'touchdown' - both of which amount to the same thing in goal, yet in rugby the player has to actually touch the ball down behind the try line to score, where as in AF you don't have to touch down to score a touch down - braking the plane of the goal line will suffice. So many times will i see a touchdown and think WTF? how can that be a score, they barely clipped the corner post whilst in mid-air.
I didn't 'get' the pass to Kittle just before half time that was disallowed due to pass interference as he'd handed away potential tackler Sorensen. Seems inconceivable to someone who played rugby where that sort of thing is encouraged - although i guess one is 'in possession of the ball' and the other is 'not quite in possession of the ball' - but for such a physical game you'd have thought that would be more of a grey area that the officials could interpret on a case by case basis.
The Kittle play is a tough one, did he push off to create separation in order to make that catch, yes he did. Could you have made a case for possibly not calling that in that situation in the Super Bowl and let them play more, yes you could. In American football you see constant hand fighting between receivers and defensive backs and it's usually the defensive backs that get called for pass interference.
Yea, that was a push-off. I think it was a decent call, would have seemed less fair if they had let it go. It's once of those instances where people are going to get upset either way, but looking at it I think the way it went was the better of the two.
Excellent SuperBowl. I really had trouble predict who was going to win until nearly the end of the game. Both teams were operating at a very high level, and you got the sense that a big play could break the game at any moment. Also very fun that I was happy for either team to win, so I got to just sit back and enjoy some excellent football.
The halftime show though... what the actual...
Beyonce started the "I will shove my crotch at the camera" in the superbowl halftime show a few years back and my boy did those two run with it. Who is this appealing to? They do 10 seconds of each song, so you can't get into any of it, they have TWO performers crammed into a tiny time period, so you can't really enjoy that either. Ugly music, ugly dancing. Probably the best part what Shakira's little belly dance with the rope/snake around her arms.
Halftime shows are usually bad, this one was unusually bad.
I may check back in to offer my thoughts on my Texans this past season. Alternatively, you all can make your own reflections on the 2019 season or talk about whatever NFL team(s) you want to chat about.
The Titans have a decision to make at QB and RB as both Tannehill and Derrick Henry are free agents. Attempt to sign both at a reduced number? Give one or the other a mega deal because you probably can't give both of them that kind of money? If so which one do you choose? Let both go?
I'm just afraid that once Derrick Henry gets that big money his production is going to drop way off.
Replace "Lion" with "Bengal" and I'll leave it at that for my team. We have the 1st first pick, so there's something.