Super Bowl XLVII Set
January 20, 2013, 6:38 pm
Road teams go 2-0 on the day, as San Francisco and Baltimore use second-half shutouts to propel themselves to New Orleans.
For the second week in a row Atlanta jumped out to an early lead, for the second week in a row they blew that lead. However, for the second week in a row, they couldn't reclaim that lead as the Falcons lose to the 49ers 28-24.
Atlanta came out red-hot, with Julio Jones catching two long touchdowns. Matt Bryant sandwiched a FG in between, and the Falcons lead 17-0.
However, San Francisco would outscore Atlanta 28-7 the remainder of the game.
The 49ers got their first points in the second quarter when LaMichael James took a sweep play 15-yards for the touchdown.
San Francisco would trail 24-14 at the half, but Frank Gore would take over in the second half, nothing TD runs of 5 and 9-yards.
Trailing 28-24, Atlanta would have one final chance to reclaim the lead. They'd be unable to recreate the magic they found last week against Seattle, though. On 4th-and-4, Matt Ryan fired a pass to Roddy White, but the play was broken up and San Francisco would clinch their first Super Bowl berth since 1995.
Meanwhile, in Foxboro, Baltimore would use their own second half surge to put away the Patriots.
Trailing 13-7 at the half, Joe Flacco would come out slinging in the final 30 minutes, connecting with Dennis Pitta once and Anquan Boldin twice to quickly turn a tightly contested game into a 28-13 blowout.
Listen to Anquan Boldin's 2nd TD catch
Any chance of a New England comeback was negated by two second-half INTs by Tom Brady, and the all-Harbaugh Super Bowl would come to fruition.
This was the first time Brady lost a game after leading at half. He entered the game 67-0 when leading at the midway mark.
Both New England and Atlanta would fail to score any points in the second half today.
San Francisco and Baltimore meet down in New Orleans on February 3rd.