, Gloucester, MA

January 14, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Game of the Year

Saturday’s Broncos vs. Ravens Divisional Playoff Game was easily the best NFL game this season. In fact, the Ravens 38-35 overtime win over Denver was so good it will probably be made into an ESPN “NFL’s Greatest Games” special in the near future.

The Ravens proved they will not let Ray Lewis go down without a fight and one last run at a Super Bowl. Peyton Manning, on the other hand, proved once again that he is a front runner and can not be trusted when the game is on the line.

With the loss Manning moves to 9-11 all time in the playoffs, 0-4 in games played under 35 degrees. Maybe Denver wasn’t such a great fit for him after all seeing that he has one less playoff win with the franchise than the much maligned Tim Tebow.

49er Favorites

The San Francisco 49ers made a big statement on Sunday pounding the Green Bay Packers 45-31 in a game that wasn’t even as close as the score would indicate.

In that game Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick set an NFL record, playoffs or regular season, for rushing yards by a quarterback with 183.

San Francisco opened up a tie score at halftime with a dominant second half. The win spring boards the Niners into the NFC Championship game and may have established them as the favorites to win the Super Bowl this season.

When Kaepernick is on his game the 49ers are easily the most complete team in the league, and one can’t help but compare Kaepernick’s story to that of Tom Brady when he first burst onto the scene in 2001. Taking over for an injured quarterback that wasn’t playing poorly and thriving.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru