• I was back in the Superdome on Sunday for the second time in five weeks. Last time I was here, DeAngelo Williams ran for 210 yards and helped save Ron Rivera’s job. The Who Dat Nation wasn’t real happy that day. They weren’t yelling, “Dreeewww!” They were booing.
• It’s strange seeing an inactives list without Jimmy Clausen’s name on it.
• The NFL doesn’t always get it right. But having students from Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., sing “America the Beautiful” with Jennifer Hudson was touching. Even more so when CBS cameras showed John Harbaugh standing and watching with his daughter.
• Every time head referee Jerome Boger announced a penalty, I couldn’t help but think of Cam Newton’s Week 16 “C-town Bump.”
• I hate to put the chippiness and the first-half fight all on Boger and his crew, but he did a terrible job maintaining order in the Panthers-Raiders game in December, too.
• Baltimore linebacker and Richmond County High graduate Dannell Ellerbe had a rough first quarter. He missed a tackle on a 9-yard carry by Frank Gore and took a bad angle on a long catch by Vernon Davis.
• Watching former South Carolina cornerback Chris Culliver struggle after his rough week, I was reminded of Eugene Robinson. I covered that Super Bowl, too, and wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
I can only hope Culliver has as long a career and as satisfying a post-football career as Robinson, the Panthers’ color analyst and good guy.
• I left my seat in the middle of Beyonce’s halftime performance to grab a burger. My sixth-grade daughter definitely will not approve.
It’s not like I could see her, anyway – not even with binoculars. That might have been the moment I missed my 60-inch flat screen the most Sunday.
• If you were re-filling your plate or red Solo cup at your party after Beyonce’s performance, you missed Jacoby Jones’ 108-yard kickoff return. Jones was a free agent last offseason and was set to sign with the Panthers until his agent convinced him to take his final trip ... to Baltimore.
• There was a lot of scrambling in the press box during the 35-minute power outage, apparently caused by the halftime show. Laptops went to battery mode, the wireless shut off and no one could, God forbid, Tweet. Sad how frantic we all get going off the grid for a half hour.
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