RAVENS CLAIM SUPER BOWL XLVII
February 3, 2013, 7:38 pm
In what was one of the strangest Super Bowls in history, the Baltimore Ravens hold off a San Francisco 49ers comeback, and claimed the Lombardi Trophy in a 34-31 victory.
108-yard kickoff returns, 30-minute power outages, and intentional safeties. Just your typical Super Bowl.
But when the lights came back on and the dust settled, it was John and the Ravens who would be victorious in what was dubbed the "Harbowl."
Baltimore jumped out of the gates early, forcing a 49ers punt on their first possession and then driving 51 yards on their ensuing possession. The drive ended on a 13-yard TD pass from Joe Flacco to Anquan Boldin.
The TD pass would be the first of three for Flacco.
He'd later connect with Dennis Pitta and Jacoby Jones in the second quarter, and going into the locker rooms at half, Baltimore held a 21-6 advantage over the 49ers.
Things then got crazier when the second half began.
On the opening kickoff, Jones took the ball eight-yards deep in his endzone. Eleven seconds and 108 yards later, the receiver was celebrating a touchdown and 28-6 lead and the game appeared to be out of reach for the 49ers.
Two plays into San Francisco's ensuing drive, play would halt when the lights in the Super Dome suddenly shut off and the emergency lights kicked on. The power outage would delay the game for more than half an hour.
But when the lights came on, so did the 49ers.
They would reel off 17 straight points, all in a span of 4:10 in the third quarter, with Michael Crabtree and Frank Gore each finding the endzone.
Entering the final 15 minutes, the 49ers would only trail 28-23.
A Justin Tucker FG would extend Baltimore's lead to 31-23, before Colin Kaepernick responded with a 5-play, 76-yard drive that culminated with him scrambling 15-yards for the touchdown.
The two-point conversation sailed over Randy Moss' head, and Baltimore clung to a 31-29 lead with just under ten minutes remaining.
Baltimore would succeed to kill six minutes on their next drive, but had to settle for another FG, giving them a 34-29 lead and giving San Francisco one final opportunity to take their first lead of the game.
Kaepernick would succeed in getting the 49ers all the way down to the Baltimore 5-yard line, before stalling. On 4th and 5, his pass attempt to Crabtree fell incomplete and the ball returned the Ravens with 1:46 left in the game.
Listen to the 4th and 5 play
Baltimore would end up taking an intentional safety to kill clock and escape the shadow of their endzone. With only four seconds remaining, San Francisco could do nothing on the ensuing free kick, and the clock hit zero and the Ravens were Super Bowl champions for the second time in franchise history with a 34-31 win.
Final call of the game
Flacco would be named the game's MVP, throwing for 287 yards and the three TDs.
Anquan Boldin was the leading receiver, hauling in 104 yards on six catches.
Kaepernick threw for 302 yards, one TD, and one INT.