Ravens beat 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31
The Baltimore Ravens have beaten the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the Super Bowl. A controversial no-call and intentional safety in the final seconds closed out a bizarre game.
A power outage at the Superdome halted play in the third quarter. A surge knocked out power for about 34 minutes.
The 49ers trailed for the entire game, and faced their largest deficit of 28-6 just before the power outage. But they fought back, scoring three touchdowns to pull within 31-29.
After forcing the Ravens to kick a field goal to make it 34-29, the Niners sat with second and goal inside the Ravens' 10-yard-line at the two minute warning. But they failed on second and third down, and a lob pass from QB Colin Kaepernick to receiver Michael Crabtree sailed out of Crabtree's reach, as he was closely guarded by Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, on fourth and goal.
San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh complained that Crabtree was held illegally, impeding his ability to run under the pass. Television replays seemed to back up Harbaugh's complaint, showing Smith's arm around Crabtree, but the no-call stood.
The Ravens ran three plays, then called timeout with eleven seconds on the clock. Punter Sam Koch took the snap, hesitated, then ran out of the end zone for a safety, making the score 34-31 with only four seconds left.
On their free kick, the Ravens were able to stop 49ers returner Ted Ginn, Jr. at midfield as time expired.
Baltimore's Joe Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns to earn Super Bowl MVP honors.
In the end, it was older brother John Harbaugh and his Ravens who came out on top, hanging on for a win over Jim Harbaugh and his 49ers in a Super Bowl that had everything. After the game, John Harbaugh said it was hard to compete against his brother. The brothers met at midfield and John said, "I told him I loved him. He said, 'Congratulations."
Anquan Boldin caught a 13-yard pass from Joe Flacco and Justin Tucker's kick was good to give Baltimore the 7-0 lead.
San Francisco's David Akers kicked a 36-yard field goal to give the 49ers three points, bringing the score to 7-3.
Midway through the second quarter, Baltimore got a second TD when Dennis Pitta caught a one-yard pass from Flacco.
A costly mistake by SF's Colin Kaepernick led to an interception by the Ravens. Kaepernick threw a pass to the deep middle intended for Randy Moss. Instead, Ed Reed caught the ball. Both teams got offsetting penalties for unnecessary roughness (SF - J. Staley; BLT - C. Graham).
Jacoby Jones made a stunning catch on a 56-yard pass from Flacco to give Baltimore their third touchdown of the game, bringing the score to 21-3 just before halftime.
A second field goal from Akers brought the score to 21-6 going into halftime.
Jones returned in the third quarter to stun the struggling 49ers yet again with a 109-yard kickoff return to make it 28-6.
San Francisco got their first touchdown of the game in the third quarter when Michael Crabtree caught a 31-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick, bringing the score to 28-13.
The 49ers quickly followed that up with a second touchdown when Frank Gore got the six-yard run, making it 28-20.
Akers' field goal tightened the gap for the 49ers, 28-23.
In the fourth quarter, a field goal put the Ravens ahead 31-23. Kaepernick redeemed himself with a 15-yard TD run to make it 31-29 but San Francisco failed to get the two-point conversion.
Another field goal widened the gap 34-29 Ravens.
The final score was 34-31 Ravens.
The AFC champion Ravens won the pregame coin toss and chose to defer until the second half. The kickoff went out of the end zone, so the NFC champion 49ers started the game's first drive on their 20.
Beforehand, a chorus of 26 children from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. - where 20 students and six adults were killed in a shooting rampage in December - sang "America the Beautiful," accompanied by "American Idol" alum Jennifer Hudson. Grammy winner Alicia Keys performed the national anthem.
This is the 10th time New Orleans hosted the big game - tying Miami for most in a city - and first since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Big Easy in August 2005.
For the first time in the game's history, brothers are coaching on opposing sidelines. John Harbaugh's Ravens beat younger brother Jim's 49ers 16-6 in their only previous meeting. That happened on Thanksgiving night of 2011 and was Baltimore's third straight victory over San Francisco.
The favored 49ers are 5-0 in previous Super Bowl appearances but haven't played in the big game in 18 years.
The Ravens only other trip to the Super Bowl was in 2001 and they battered the New York Giants 34-7.
Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis was a key member of that championship team and is playing the final game of his career. The 17-year veteran announced before the playoffs started that he was retiring at the end of the season.