A guy can dream, can't he? A guy can look to the sky and draw pictures in his mind of what could be.
Jacoby Jones, a New Orleans native, stood in the Superdome this past week, as the swirl of media day flowed around him, and stared up into the stands, slowly looking side to side.
"Of course, if I could do something my family could remember, right here, in this stadium, that would be cool, you know?" Jones said. "The play in Denver was the biggest play of my life. I'll always say that, but maybe there's another one out there. Maybe even in the Super Bowl."
Jones, cast aside by the Houston Texans last spring, will always be remembered by Broncos fans as the guy who reeled in quarterback Joe Flacco's missile to tie a divisional-round game with less than a minute to play, which the Ravens went on to win in double overtime. And Sunday, as the Ravens were on their way to the franchise's second Super Bowl victory in what would be a rollicking title game before the night was out, Jones was again on the receiving end of a game-changing, career-altering play.
"I don't think it's going to settle in for a while," Flacco said after the game. "I think we gave the country a pretty good game."
That they did, and as they were in Denver, the Ravens were again facing a third down — this time a third-and-10 — when Flacco decided to tip the scales, not by playing it safe, but by tossing one Jones' way. From the Ravens' 44-yard line, Baltimore was in a three-wide receiver set.
Jones was out wide right with, as he did against the Broncos, the defense's nickel cornerback across from him. In Denver it was Tony Carter, and Sunday it was the 49ers' Chris Culliver. At the snap, Jones sprinted toward his foe, and Culliver settled a little too much, almost as if he believed Jones would take his route toward the middle of the field.
San Francisco safety Donte Whitner also decided not to help Culliver with Jones, instead working toward the line of scrimmage, into the intermediate zone. So, once again the Ravens had isolated Jones on a defense's third corner, one-on-one, with no help coming from the middle of the field.
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Jacoby Jones becomes hometown hero with Super Bowl performance
Denver Post | Feb 4