Flacco connected with Smith again in that game, aided by a tremendous catch by Smith.
The Ravens, II: Ray Rice's Screen-Play Elusiveness
From there, he's able to take it out of the backfield with his agility and great acceleration, making four Patriots players miss on his way past the first-down marker.
The best example of how dangerous Rice is on catching passes out of the backfield came earlier in the season, against the San Diego Chargers.
Rice is one of the few guys who can beat seven guys for 30 yards.
The 49ers, I: Colin Kaepernick's Read Option And Scrambling
Yeah — that's a quarterback outrunning defensive backs. He can't be allowed to get outside the front seven, because he's got more than enough speed to outpace them down the sideline.
The other wrinkle in Kaepernick's ground game is that he can call his own number when he sees an opening.
But Kaepernick isn't a one-trick pony. He has been tremendous throwing the ball as well, as this pass to Vernon Davis shows.
The 49ers, II: Vernon Davis' Speed And Strength
Not only one of the fastest tight ends in the league but also one of the fastest players in the league, Davis can beat most defenders physically: he's either bigger or quicker.
Although Michael Crabtree also poses a huge threat in the passing game, he's less of a matchup nightmare than Davis, who seems to be building chemistry with Kaepernick after some quiet games during the regular season.