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Ravens Hold Off 49ers’ Comeback Attempt

Posted: Feb 04, 2013

Joe Flacco was named Super Bowl XLVII MVP after leading the Baltimore Ravens to a thrilling 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League’s 47th Super Bowl on Feb. 3 hosted at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

Flacco delivered a flawless performance against the 49ers’ tough, physical defense, passing for 287 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were thrown in the first half of the game. Most importantly, the five-year quarterback didn’t commit any turnovers and was able to march the Ravens’ offense down field at will when needed.

Flacco led the Ravens to a 21-6 lead at halftime, and the lead ballooned to 28-6 after Ravens receiver/return specialist returned the second-half kickoff for a 108-yard touchdown, a new NFL record.

But the 49ers took advantage of a power outage in the Superdome that lasted for more than 30 minutes, ultimately killing the Ravens’ momentum. San Francisco then went on a 23-6 run, cutting the lead to 34-29 with less than four minutes in the game. Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers’ second-year 49ers quarterback, did everything in his power to complete what could have been one of the most amazing comebacks in Super Bowl history, marching his team down to the Ravens’ goal line with just more than a minute left. But Ray Lewis and the Ravens’ defensive unit stiffened with their backs against their own end zone and kept the 49ers from scoring a touchdown.

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