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The Baltimore Ravens narrowly won Super Bowl XLVII 34-31 over the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans.
It appeared the Ravens would run away with the game. The Ravens took a 28-6 lead at the beginning of the 3rd quarter on a 108-yard touchdown return by Jacoby Jones. Earlier in the game, Jones had received a 56-yard touchdown from Ravens QB Joe Flacco who was named Super Bowl MVP. The much maligned Ravens QB completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards. Three of those passes went for TDs.
But at 13:22 of the 3rd Quarter, the lights went out in New Orleans. OK, it was half of the Super Dome. This resulted in a delay of more than half an hour.
When the game resumed, the 49ers surged. SF QB Colin Kaepernick threw touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree and Frank Gore while David Akers kicked a field goal. Before you knew it, the Ravens lead was cut to 28-23.
Justin Tucker kicked a field goal to give the Ravens a 31-23 lead but Kaepernick responded with a 15-yard touchdown rush to bring the 49ers with two points. Kaepernick opted to attempt a two-point conversion to tie the game but couldn’t get the job done.
Tucker kicked another field goal for the Ravens to make it 34-29. The 49ers did manage to earn a safety in the dying seconds of the 4th Quarter but it all did take time off the clock.
The Ravens win their first Super Bowl in 12 years. Ray Lewis goes out a champion, Art Modell smiles in Heaven while John Harbaugh bests brother Jim.
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H/T to National Review Online