Koch makes some Super plays

Koch makes some Super plays
February 4, 2013, 12:00 am
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Ravens punter Sam Koch was consistent throughout the regular season, like he's been during most of his whole career. But Koch's struggled at times in the post-season. 

He had a few problems again in the Super Bowl Sunday night, twice punting the ball into the end zone and not being able to pin the 49ers deep. However, he made a few plays later in the game to help the Ravens escape with a 34-31 victory over San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII.

Koch wound up with three punts that averaged 47.0 yards, but two wound up being touchbacks and didn't put San Francisco as deep in its territory as possible. Throughout the regular season and his career, Koch's been good at doing that, but it's been more of a problem in the post-season.

Still, he came through with some good plays later. On his final punt of the game -- in the third quarter -- Koch got off a poor punt down the left sideline. Ted Ginn, Jr. raced over to get the kick and cut all the way across the field and appeared ready to go for a touchdown before Koch ran over and shoved him out of bounds.

Ginn still got a 32-yard return that put the 49ers at the Baltimore 20-yard line. But if Koch doesn't get him, Ginn scores a touchdown. The Niners did score moments later, but they had to do a little more work.

Koch got called on again in the final minute. The Ravens faced fourth-and-seven at their own 8-yard line with 12 seconds left in the game with a 34-29 lead. It was clear that the Ravens were going to try and take a safety, which would give Koch a free kick after that.

Koch took the snap and ran around in the back of the end zone, eating up eight crucial seconds before being pushed out for the safety. He then boomed a 61-yard free kick before Ginn returned it 31 yards to the 50 as time ran out.

It wasn't perfect overall, but Koch did what the rest of this team did all year -- helped out in some form.