Sunday, February 3, 2013

Ravens hold off 49ers' surge, win Super Bowl XLVII

Baltimore overcomes power outage, blown lead to beat Niners 34-31

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Joe Flacco (left) of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Feb. 3, 2013 in New Orleans, La. news services
updated 5:53 p.m. ET Feb. 3, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - The Baltimore Ravens fended off a second half surge from the San Francisco 49ers and overcame a 30-plus minute power outage to win Super Bowl XLVII 34-31.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw three touchdowns — all in the first half — and Baltimore held off San Francisco's charge following the long second half delay.

QB Colin Kaepernick's 15-yard touchdown cut Baltimore's lead to 31-29 with 9:57 to play, but the 49ers failed at a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game.

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker hit a 38-yard field goal -- his second of the game -- to extend Baltimore's lead back to five points at 34-29. A late intentional safety by the Ravens with four seconds to play made it 34-31, which is how the game ended.

Shortly after Jacoby Jones took the 2nd half kickoff back 108 yards to extend the Baltimore Ravens' lead to 28-6 early in the third quarter, but then the lights went out at the Superdome.

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The power outage completely shifted momentum. Once the lights came back on, the 49ers turned it on as well. They drove 80 yards in just over three minutes, with a 31-yard pass from Kaepernick to Michael Crabtree cuting Baltimore's lead to 28-13.

San Francisco followed that up with a six-yard TD run by Frank Gore. The 49ers started the drive on the Baltimore 20 after Ted Ginn Jr.'s 32-yard return. David Akers hit a 34-yard field goal to cut Baltimore's lead to just five.

Kicker Justin Tucker's 19-yard field goal gave the Ravens some relief, extending the lead back to 31-23. But Kaepernick's TD with 9:57 left in the game put the Niners within two points.

Flacco started the game off hot. His record-tying 11th TD of the postseason was a 56-yard bomb to Jones with 1:45 left in the first half. Flacco finished the postseason without throwing an interception.


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Akers converted his second field goal of the game as time expired in the first half to put the 49ers within two scores.

Baltimore caught a break early when the 49ers were called for a penalty on third down, extending the Ravens' drive. On the next play, Joe Flacco found Anquan Boldin for a 13-yard touchdown to give the Ravens a 7-0 lead.

Akers converted a 36-yard field goal with 4:03 left in the first quarter to cut Baltimore's lead to four.

Flacco threw his second touchdown pass with 7:15 to go in the first half to extend Baltimore's lead. It was Flacco's 10th TD of the postseason; he has not thrown any interceptions.

Kaepernick threw an interception immediately following Flacco's second touchdown. Ed Reed came up with the ball on the other end, tying a record with his ninth all-time postseason pick.

The Ravens, however, got nothing out of the turnover. Coach John Harbaugh called a fake field goal on fourth and nine, Tucker's run came up a yard short.

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