Ravens Light up the Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVII

Score: Baltimore Ravens 34 San Francisco 49ers 31

Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens, left, shakes hands with his brother, head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers, after winning Super Bowl XLVII in a close contest.
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Brothers John (left) and Jim (right) Harbaugh shake hands after John’s Ravens win the championship.

Summary: Super Bowl XLVII (47) set up the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. The Ravens were playing for their second super bowl, while the 49ers were playing for their 6th. The Ravens came out and looked good playing in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Ravens QB Joe Flacco played well throwing his first of 3 TD passes to Anquan Boldin, 7-0 Bal. SF responded with a David Akers field goal, 7-3 Bal. Flacco kept his rhythm going and threw another TD, this time to Dennis Pitta, Bal 14-3. Inside of two minutes in the first half, a huge touchdown pass by Flacco to Jacoby Jones made it 21-3 Bal. Another field goal by David Akers resulted in a 21-6 game at halftime.

Beyonce performed in the Halftime show, bringing back Destiny’s Child with a lot of energy. The energy may have been sucked out of the 49ers, who allowed a 108-yard record-tying kickoff return for a TD, 28-6 Bal.

After a few minutes of non-scoring, the energy in half of the Superdome was sucked out, and the dome was half-out of electricity. Following a 34 minute delay, the 49ers resurged. QB Colin Kaepernick found Michael Crabtree open for a 31 yard TD pass., 28-13 Bal. Then, RB Frank Gore found paydirt on a 6 yard TD run, 28-20 Bal. A third Akers’ field goal made the score 28-23.

The Ravens’ Justin Tucker kicked a FG, Bal 31-23. Kaepernick ran in for a 15 yard score, but the 2-point conversion was unsuccessful, Bal. 31-20. After another Tucker field goal (34-29), Kaepernick led his team on a final drive. Near the goalline SF was stopped on fourth down, questionable pass interference that was not called. In the end, Ray Lewis won his second super bowl in his last game, as the Ravens protected the 49’ers surge.

Joe Flacco
QB Joe Flacco celebrates his first title.
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