Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Jacoby Jones sparks Ravens twice

Ravens returner Jacoby Jones leaves the 49ers trailing as he completes a 108-yard kick return for a touchdown, the longest play in Super Bowl history and his second score of the game.

Associated Press

Ravens returner Jacoby Jones leaves the 49ers trailing as he completes a 108-yard kick return for a touchdown, the longest play in Super Bowl history and his second score of the game.

NEW ORLEANS — Jacoby Jones is not the most notable native Louisianian on the Baltimore Ravens; that's safety Ed Reed. He is not the Raven with an identifiable dance; that's retiring linebacker Ray Lewis.

On Sunday, though, as Baltimore beat San Francisco in the Super Bowl, Jones starred in his home city and shimmied with rhythm that surely made Lewis proud.

Jones caught a touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 108 yards for another, setting an NFL postseason record, the most explosive moments of the Ravens' 34-31 victory.

In a prescient moment, Jones warned the 49ers early last week.

"If I were them, I wouldn't kick it to me, not at all," he told the media.

But 49ers kicker David Akers apparently did not get the news.

To start the second half, Akers blasted the ball deep into the Ravens' end zone. Jones, 28, brought the ball out and essentially went right up the middle, sprinkling in a few sidesteps.

Once he got past Akers, there was little hope for the 49ers to stop him from the longest play in Super Bowl history. He swayed in the end zone, doing a version of Lewis' dance, the Squirrel.

Jones said: "On returns that go for a touchdown, they happen when you least expect it. In games like this, we just want to work for good drive starts and field position. So if one pops open, that's a blessing."

He also took advantage of an opening in the 49ers' secondary in the second quarter, slipping behind cornerback Chris Culliver — the player who apologized for his comments concerning homosexuals days earlier — and pulling in a pass that quarterback Joe Flacco heaved some 50 yards in the air.

Jones tumbled — then realized Culliver had not touched him. Jones jumped to his feet and dashed into the end zone for a 56-yard score. His other touchdown catch in the playoffs was critical — the 70-yard late-game play that forced overtime against Denver in the division round.

Sunday's performance was an upbeat conclusion to a week of reunions for Jones, who grew up in New Orleans East and attended Abramson High.

His childhood home and his high school were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, but Jones' mother still lives in New Orleans, and he took several of his teammates to his house early in the week for a home-cooked meal.

Gumbo, jambalaya, macaroni and potato salad were among the items on the menu.

Sunday was dessert.

"New Orleans is still my home," Jones said. "Playing in the Super Bowl here? That's just the icing on the cake."

.FAST FACTS

Long way home

Jacoby Jones broke the Super Bowl record for longest kickoff return touchdown by nearly 10 yards:

Player, team Year Opponent Yards

Jacoby Jones, Ravens 2013 49ers 109

Desmond Howard, Packers 1997 Patriots 99

Fulton Walker, Dolphins 1983 Redskins 98

Andre Coleman, Chargers 1995 49ers 98

Ron Dixon, Giants 2001 Ravens 97

Jacoby Jones sparks Ravens twice 02/03/13 [Last modified: Monday, February 4, 2013 12:45am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Rays at Rangers, with Erasmo on the mound again

    Blogs

    Coming off Sunday's 6 1/2-hour, 15-inning marathon win over the Twins, the Rays will have the pitcher who finished that game, Erasmo Ramirez, start tonight's game in Texas, first pitch 8:05 Tampa Bay time.

    Ramirez threw only 12 pitches on Sunday so the Rays decided to let him make his planned start tonight, …

  2. USF baseball heads to Gainesville for regional play

    Sports

    TAMPA — Had USF's players and coaches been less confident in their NCAA Tournament resume, Monday's selection show might have induced fidgeting, perhaps even frustration.

    South Florida coach Mark Kingston looks on during 2017 American Athletic Conference game Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Clearwater during the American Athletic Conference. The Bulls won 7-6.
  3. Rays call up Jose De Leon to add depth to bullpen tonight

    Blogs

    The Rays decided that after playing 15 innings Sunday they could use some depth and length in their bullpen after all and are calling up RHP Jose De Leon from Triple-A.

    The Rays have recalled Jose De Leon from Triple-A Durham.
  4. Tiger Woods arrested in Florida on DUI charge, released

    Public Safety

    Tiger Woods was arrested early Monday on a DUI charge in Jupiter, Florida, and spent nearly four hours in a county jail before he was released.

    Tiger Woods has been arrested on a DUI charge in Florida.
  5. After state, academics will trump athletics for King ace Brian Lee

    Baseballpreps

    TAMPA — Brian Lee can still see himself on the pitcher's mound at Venice High School. Four years ago he was a freshman left-handed reliever just trying to keep King's state championship dreams alive.

    King senior pitcher Brian Lee gets another shot at a state title.