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The final game of the NFL season is upon us as the AFC Champion Baltimore Ravens prepare to take on the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 47. They meet up in New Orleans in a game that features many unique story lines.
From the Harbaughs facing off to Ray Lewis’s final game in the NFL, along with his reported use of banned substances, the game has many off-field angles that make the day that much more interesting.
John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, and the Ravens finally made it to the Super Bowl after four years of falling short. They seek to win their first Super Bowl since the 2000 season.
After a rough finish to the regular season in which they lost four of their last five games, the Ravens were able to start the postseason with an easy win over the Colts. They followed that up with a double-overtime thriller against the Broncos in Denver.
The game only made it to overtime thanks to a 70-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter. It was a miraculous play that signaled a change in the fortunes of Flacco and the entire team.
The final win for the Ravens was the most impressive. They had a rematch against the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, but came out with a much better result. There was no missed field goal to lose the game, and the Ravens actually won comfortably.
Tom Brady threw two interceptions and was greatly outplayed by Joe Flacco, who had three touchdowns and no picks. It was further proof of the change in Baltimore under Harbaugh and Flacco.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have had different luck this year with Colin Kaepernick as their quarterback. After losing in the NFC Championship game to the Giants last year, they have advanced to the Super Bowl, just as the Ravens have avenged their loss from last season.
Kaepernick had a performance to remember in his playoff debut against the Packers. He threw for 263 yards and ran for another 181. He had four total touchdowns to help his 49ers win 45-31.
He did not match his numbers from his first game in the NFC Championship game in Atlanta, but he still did enough to help his team win. Matt Ryan had much better numbers in the game, but the offense failed to score any points in the second half.
Frank Gore will need to be a factor in the game to help take some of the load off of Kaepernick’s shoulders. He has rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns thus far in the postseason, and will certainly be needed against the Ravens.
Ravens-49ers Super Bowl 47 Prediction
The Harbaugh Bowl will finally take place after almost happening just a year ago. The Ravens have the veteran influence on defense, along with a much-improved Joe Flacco. The 49ers may be led by a young quarterback, but they will come out on top in Super Bowl XLVII.
Super Bowl 47 Prediction: 49ers 31 | Ravens 27
Super Bowl 47 Game Info
- Super Bowl 47 Kickoff Time: 6:30 EST / 5:30 CST
- Super Bowl 47 TV Channel: CBS
- Super Bowl 47: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
- Super Bowl 47 Point Spread: 49ers -3.5
- Super Bowl 47 Over-Under: 47.5
The Super Bowl is the pinnacle of American sports and pop culture. It’s also one of the best nights of the year for partying.
What better way to add some fun to your Super Bowl viewing experience than with a drinking game? That way, hearing about the Harbaughs being brothers (did anyone realize brothers were coaching against one another in the Super Bowl?) and Ray Lewis’s impending retirement can actually be useful.
Before I lay out the rules, here are the steps you need to take to get prepared.
To prepare, you’ll need to do the following things:
Find a fun environment to watch the games.
A house with a great TV setup and ample seating for guests is ideal, but a local bar with a fun atmosphere will work too (just remember to have a designated driver).
Secure plenty of beverages of your choice.
I always opt for really trashy beers of the sort you’ll see advertised during the game, but feel free to get creative. Just make sure that you have enough. You don’t want to have to make a drink run during a crucial part of the game.
Stock up on snacks.
You can also have guests bring along snacks to help make a diverse spread. As the drinks flow, you and your guests are sure to need to balance things out with some quality food.
Invite people who want to have fun.
This is the most important part. If you don’t have good company to share the evening with, what fun is a drinking game?
Make the necessary arrangements with work.
If you intend to get really wild on Super Bowl Sunday, it is wise to not let it interfere with your job. For the truly committed NFL partiers, see if you can arrive a little later. You don’t want to be miserable for an entire work day just because some of my absurd drinking game rules came through.
Have plenty of headache medicine, water or Gatorade, and energy drinks available for the morning.
This is standard protocol for hangover defense.
Again, respect your limitations.
It is great to get wild and party hard, but make sure you don’t overdo it. I can’t stress this enough.
[Disclaimer: The suggestions and drinking game in this post are meant to be fun and liven up your football viewing experience. It is extremely important, however, that you drink responsibly. Know your personal limits, don’t drive after drinking, and of course, only imbibe if you are of legal drinking age. Take care of yourselves and enjoy.]
With that out of the way, let’s move on to the Super Bowl XLVII drinking game rules!
Super Bowl XLVII Drinking Game Rules
Take one drink each time one of the following things happen:
- The Harbaughs being brothers is discussed.
- A kickoff or punt results in a touchback.
- Either team records a sack.
- A Ravens running back catches a pass.
- Frank Gore runs for more than 5 yards on a carry.
- Colin Kaepernick runs for a first down or touchdown.
- Either team commits a turnover.
- A personal foul penalty is called.
- Bernard Pierce carries the ball.
- Randy Moss catches a pass.
- Jim Harbaugh is shown chewing out a referee.
- Ray Lewis’s retirement is mentioned by the broadcast team.
- Joe Flacco “eliteness” is discussed.
- Bernard Pollard knocks a player out of the game.
- Vernon Davis catches a pass.
- Any offensive play results in a gain of 20 or more yards.
- The Kaepernick/Alex Smith quarterback controversy in discussed.
- The words “deer antler spray” are said on the broadcast.
- A play is reviewed by the replay official.
- Torrey Smith catches a pass.
There you have it, folks. Those rules should be plenty to get you good and drunk Sunday night.
Please, please, please remember to be safe. Know your limitations and cut yourself off if this thing gets too out of control. Make sure you have a designated driver if you are travelling after the game.
Long before he was a Super Bowl coach, Jim Harbaugh was a pretty darn good quarterback.
Recruited by Bo Schembechler at the University of Michigan, Harbaugh became the Wolverines starter by his sophomore campaign. As a senior, he was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and ultimately finished third.
Figuring out the very real possibility that Jim McMahon would not be able to continue to withstand an NFL pounding long-term, the Chicago Bears selected Harbaugh with the 26th overall pick of the 1987 NFL Draft. By 1990 Harbaugh was the Bears starter.
In 1991 I selected Harbaugh late in a fantasy football draft.
“Nice safe pick,” said one of my rivals, adding, “He won’t hurt you.”
This was after I had drafted Mark Rypien (who would win NFC Player of the Year and Super Bowl MVP that year) and then Steve Young in case a certain starting QB in San Francisco would not be able to ring the bell. Days later the widely speculated elbow injury of Joe Montana would result in season-ending surgery.
Oh yes, the days before the Internet and ESPN bottom-line scrolls, the days of running to local libraries to find any newspaper I could get my hands on for any possible scoop…
This leads me to a Monday Night game on September 23, 1991, where Harbaugh first earned the Captain Comeback moniker. It was a night that I remember very well, as it appeared that the Bears were about to lose to the New York Jets – until a late Blair Thomas fumble (who was also on my fantasy team and had a nice statistical night) revived Chicago’s hopes.
The Bears took over at the Jets’ 38, but Harbaugh was quickly sacked by Dennis Byrd. On third and 18 Harbaugh threw a 14-yard pass to Tom Waddle that led to a makeable fourth down situation, which the Bears converted.
Chicago eventually got into a first-and-goal situation, but Harbaugh would be sacked again, this time by Jeff Lageman. Then an incompletion. Then Harbaugh scrambles to the four and is brought down.
Fourth down. No time outs. Clock ticking. :09, :08, :07, :06 …
Harbaugh finally gets his team set and snaps the ball at :03 – Lageman almost gets him again, but Harbaugh instead finds running back Neal Anderson for the game-tying touchdown.
The Bears would later win late in overtime. Jim Harbaugh threw an apparent 18-yard game-winning TD to tight end Cap Boso (an even greater tight end name than Bear Pascoe or Clay Harbor), only to be ruled down at the one by instant replay (yes, they had it in 1991) as the teams were leaving the field.
For whatever reason Mike Ditka did not bring the field goal unit on at this point and Harbaugh would end the game on the next play by scoring on a QB sneak.
Harbaugh led the Bears to the playoffs that year but would later crash out of Chicago, like many Bears quarterbacks before and since.
The next act of Jim Harbaugh’s career would take him down Interstate 65 to the Indianapolis Colts and his finest season.
In 1995 Harbaugh would throw for 17 touchdown passes against only five interceptions, good for a quarterback rating of 100.7.
More importantly, Harbaugh would lead the usually dismal franchise to their second playoff appearance in what was then their 12th year in Indiana. As a Wild Card team, Harbaugh and the Colts shocked pro football observers by upsetting the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs before falling just short in a classic AFC Championship tilt to the Steelers.
Those who remember Harbaugh during that playoff run may remember Harbaugh as an openly religious man who openly talked about his faith during post-game TV interviews. He was like Kurt Warner and even Tim Tebow in later years – he was going to thank Christ before talking about the game.
Incidentally, a Christian website penned an article on the spiritual aspect of Harbaugh’s life this week, noting that religion is still very much part of his life. The article shed light on Harbaugh’s annual missionary trip to Peru – and that he now chooses to talk about his faith to those in the religious community as opposed to mainstream media.
Harbaugh would go on to play a couple more seasons in Indianapolis, got sacked by a rookie linebacker named Ray Lewis, and in all played 15 years in the NFL. He remained a popular and marketable figure, even starring in a somewhat creepy ESPN spot in which he was undergoing “surgery.” At the time there was still a very-much light-sided part of him.
In his later playing days Harbaugh started the slow transition from quarterback to coaching by being employed as an unpaid staff member for father Jack Harbaugh at Western Kentucky University, doing recruiting work in the off-season.
Eventually we saw the change from Jim Harbaugh the quarterback to the overly intense coach we see today. Eventually Harbaugh would make the decision to cut his teeth as a Division II coach at the University of San Diego. Then Stanford. Then the 49ers, and the rest is quickly becoming history.
And it all started by earning his stripes under Bo Schembechler and Mike Ditka. That along with his own fire, has made Jim Harbaugh a stunningly successful coach.
And now he is only one game away from a World Championship and being mentioned in the same breath as Bill Walsh and George Seifert.
On Super Bowl Sunday, Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco will become the 55th and 56th quarterbacks to start at the ultimate position in sports on the ultimate stage in all of American sports.
History will tell on Sunday, and in years to come, the place Kaepernick and Flacco will have in history. Super Bowl 47 may prove to be the lone shot at glory or the springboard to a legendary career that ultimately winds up in Canton.
But how do the previous 54 rank? Well, here is my list. As a starting point in compiling the rankings, I award one point for a Super Bowl start and three points per Super Bowl win – although I do make exceptions in the course of determining this rank.
54. Tony Eason (0-1)
I ranked the Bears first in my recent rankings of all 46 Super Bowl winners, so it would seem unfair to put the opposing starting quarterback in the massacre dead last.
But let’s just say Super Bowl 20 was not Eason’s day.
Few remember that the Bears actually fumbled on the very first play from scrimmage, giving New England a golden opportunity to jump out to a 7-0 lead on a short field.
Eason’s first pass was out to the flat to tight end Lin Dawson (now the AD at Grambling State University), who blew out his knee before he could make a play. Five more incompletions,a fumble, and three sacks later, Eason was replaced by veteran Steve Grogan, who was respectable (17-30, 177 yards) under the circumstances.
And if Eason had gotten the Pats in the end zone on that first drive?? They probably would have lost 46-14.
53. Craig Morton (0-2)
Has a unique place in history as one of two QBs to start Super Bowls for two different teams – the Cowboys in Super Bowl V and then with the Broncos against the Cowboys seven years later.
Both were forgettable. Morton was 12-26 for 127 yards and three INTs in Dallas’ loss to the Colts in Miami. Super Bowl XII wound up being even worse, as Morton would suffer as much of a beating as Tony Eason did eight years later and finished 4-15 for 39 yards and four INT’s before yielding to backup Norris Weese, who did not fare much better.
It would be left for a later QB to make No. 7 legendary in Denver.
52. Kerry Collins (0-1)
Have a good friend of mine who is a huge Kerry Collins fan, so I’m sure he’ll be thrilled to see him near the bottom of this list! Collins had equally as impossible assignment as Tony Eason did against the Bears.
Going against Ray Lewis and the Ravens in SB 35, Collins went 15-39 for 112 yards and four INTs.
51. Rich Gannon (0-1)
One one-time Raiders QB deserves another. Gannon had a fantastic career that spanned 18 seasons, and his best years were towards the end with the Raiders, leading the league in passing yards in Oakland’s Super Bowl year of 2002.
Against the Tampa Bay Bucs Gannon had his hands full however, throwing five interceptions, including three pick-six’s.
50. David Woodley (0-1)
It started fabulous for Woodley in Super Bowl 17, with a 76-yard TD pass to Jimmy Cefalo to start SB 17. The rest of the day was a far cry from that, 4-13 for only 21 yards after that.
Woodley is one of three former starting Super Bowl QBs now deceased (Steve McNair, Johnny Unitas), which is actually an amazingly low number considering some of the early QBs are starting to get way up in years. Less than ten years after his Super Bowl appearance Woodley underwent a liver transplant and would eventually pass away at age 44.
49. Billy Kilmer (0-1)
Hitting on another Miami v. Washington Super Bowl played in the Los Angeles area, the veteran Kilmer could only muster 104 passing yards and three INTs as the Redskins did not score on offense against the undefeated Dolphins in Super Bowl 7.
48. Chris Chandler (0-1)
Chris Chandler was the ultimate journeyman, playing for seven team (Colts/Bucs/Cards/Oilers/Falcons/Bears/two stints with Rams). By far his best years were in 1997-98 with the A-T-L and averaged 9.65 yards per completion in the ’98 season that culminated with the Falcons lone Super Bowl appearance, losing to the Broncos.
47. Boomer Esiason (0-1)
Did not do much against the 49ers in Super Bowl 23, passing for 144 yards and a 46.1 passer rating. The Bengals lone TD came on Stanford Jennings third-quarter kickoff return, which kept the Bengals in the game until the end.
One of the biggest what-ifs in Super Bowl history remains what if Stanley Wilson had not gone on a cocaine binge the night before.
46. Joe Kapp (0-1)
To this day, he still has one of the more unique career paths in football history, starting the 1959 Rose Bowl and the 1963 CFL Grey Cup before leading the Vikings to their Super Bowl IV appearance and later returning to the University of California as head coach.
Despite all of that Kapp may go down being best remembered for his brawl with Angleo Mosca at a luncheon leading up to the 2011 Grey Cup, over a play that occurred in the 1963 game.
That tussle earned Kapp and Mosca a number one ranking on a TruTV episode of ‘World’s Dumbest.’
45. Ron Jaworski (0-1)
Over three decades removed from Super Bowl XV, don’t you think Jaws is STILL having nightmares about Rob Martin??
44. Neil O’Donnell (0-1)
Meanwhile it’s ‘Larry Brown’ from SB XXX that O’Donnell keeps muttering in his sleep. Interesting stat on McDonnell, he was never intercepted more than nine times in a season in his career.
43. Stan Humphries (0-1)
Most astonishing Super Bowl fact ever: the Niners were 20-point favorites against the Chargers in SB 29 and wound up covering. Humphries racked up some yards in a worthless cause but was picked three times.
42. Rex Grossman (0-1)
Amazing that I went through a dozen QBs before getting to Rex. He wasn’t that bad against the Colts, going 20-28 – but it was a fourth quarter pick-six at the hands of Kelvin Hayden that doomed Chicago’s chances.
41. Matt Hasselback (0-1)
Held up his own (26-49, 273) against the Steelers in Super Bowl XL, but his team only scored 10 points.
40. Drew Bledsoe (0-1)
The No. 1 overall pick of the 1993 Draft had a solid career, but he was picked off four times by the Packers in his lone Super Bowl appearance.
39. Daryle Lamonica (0-1)
The original ‘Mad Bomber’ and one of the faces of the old AFL, Daryle started for the Raiders against Green Bay in Super Bowl II. His career completion percentage was less than 50 percent.
38. Earl Morrall (1-1)
Yes, he does have a win on his ledger, as the only QB to lead his team to victory in a relief role as the Colts won Super Bowl V, which somewhat made up for his awful performance v. the Jets (6-17, 71 yards, 3 picks) two years earlier.
37. Johnny Unitas (0-0)
In the later days of his career, Unitas neither made much impact in a relief role v. the Jets or starting against the Cowboys. Out of sheer respect Johnny U can’t be ranked too low.
36. Vince Ferragamo (0-1)
Heading into Super Bowl 47, only two QBs started the big game with less seat time as a starting quarterback than Colin Kaepernick – one of them was Ferragamo who had a decent game as the 9-7 (regular season) Rams through a scare into the mighty Steelers in SB 14.
35. Ken Anderson (0-1)
The pride of perennial Division III power Augustana, Ken Anderson became one of the more prolific QBs of the 1970s after coming to the Bengals on the advice of a quarterback coach named Bill Walsh. In 1981 Anderson led the Bengals to the AFC Championship and threw for 300 yards in a losing cause against Bill Walsh’s 49ers in SB 16.
34. Donovan McNabb (0-1)
McNabb will probably be in Canton one day, but the waning moments of Super Bowl 39 seemed like Donovan’s career in a nutshell. Was he sick or just shaken up?? Did he throw up?? McNabb did throw for 357 yards and three touchdowns in the loss, but was also picked off three times.
33. Dan Marino (0-1)
Came up short against Joe Montana in Palo Alto in SB 19, but after the most prolific touchdown season in league history at the time, it was figured that Marino would get more chances in the big game.
A perfect example on how the Super Bowl and the NFL cannot be taken for granted.
32. Steve McNair (0-1)
It was in a loss, but McNair’s courageous performance in Super Bowl 34 remains vividly remembered, even if it ended one yard short. McNair was definitely a warrior who left it all on the field.
31. Fran Tarkenton (0-3)
He had a sense of humor about it, even hosting Saturday Night Live after absorbing his third Super Bowl loss and spoofing himself on a faux ‘That Was a Great Moment in My Career’ (spoofing United Way spots the league aired in that era) during Weekend Update.
Needless to say, facing the ’73 Dolphins/’74 Steelers/’76 Raiders was a very tall order. Fran does have the distinction of throwing a completed pass to himself, although he was penalized on the play for throwing the ball a second time after it was batted back to him.
30. Jake Delhomme (0-1)
Jake gets the award for best performance ever by a losing QB in a Super Bowl, throwing for 323 yards/3 TD (0 INT’s) in the Panthers 32-29 loss to New England.
29. Jim Kelly (0-4)
Don’t knock Kelly too much, it’s a lot better to be 0-4 than 0-0 and not even be on this silly list. But Kelly only threw two TDs in those four games v. seven interceptions. Kelly did not complete one of his appearances, as he was knocked out of Super Bowl 27.
Continue reading to see how the winners rank.