You can't base post season success entirely on the QB. Peyton was the Colts while he was there. The year they won the Super Bowl was the year they had a half decent defense. You can only do so much with a great QB, even if it is Peyton under center.
The Ravens are a more well rounded team in all areas. Flacco is really good on his own, but better than Peyton? I said the same thing about Eli, and Eli's won two Super Bowls. The Giants were a better collective whole than most Colts teams that didn't make it to the dance. Peyton can only do so much. It is Dan Marino syndrome. Dolphins learned that a great QB doesn't automatically mean Super Bowl championship. That was basically the lesson of his whole run there.
Also, Peyton did make it to two Super Bowls and won one with the Colts. If you have a Super Bowl championship under your belt, you can't be called a choker in my eyes. Tony Romo? Yeah, he chokes. And keep in mind, he also played in the AFC with the Steelers when they were red hot and the fucking Patriots dynasty. That's kind of hard to overcome. It is sort of like how the Oilers had good teams for years but could never get over the Steelers.
Anyways, getting back to the Super Bowl.
The game was horribly officiated on both sides. There were awful calls on both sides, bad non-calls, and just terrible management of the game. Now that last 4th down play? If anything, it was double holding as both guys were all over each other. At the very least, it should have been offsetting and the Niners should have gotten one more play.
That said....does anybody remember how the NFC Championship game ended? I remember Atlanta fans crying about a very similar non-call that cost them the game. Niners are complaining a lot over a non call when it helped them win a couple weeks ago. Just sayin'.
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Is it me or did Kaep throw the ball away too early on several occasions? Seems like he was easily flustered.
he threw the ball late or didn't throw to open guys when he should have a couple times. there was a play where Moss was open on a curl route but when Kaep threw it he was covered. Also on a 3rd down play in the Red Zone Crabtree was in a position to get the first and he held onto it.
Hopefully he can get better at anticapating throws with going into a offseason as a starter.