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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Divisional Round


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Ravens 38 Broncos 35 2OT

It took two overtimes and a shootout in high altitude, but the Baltimore Ravens pulled off the upset. It was 35-28 in the 4th quarter with :31 remaining, with the Ravens trailing. QB Joe Flacco fired a hail mary to WR Jacoby Jones, a 70-yard TD strike.  The first overtime period was scoreless, meaning a second overtime was needed (Playoff game). Early in the second OT, the Ravens were able to capitalize off of a interception of QB Peyton Manning in the prior OT, to set up a 47-yard field by Justin Tucker. Tucker sent the kick through the uprights, and sent the Ravens to the AFC Championship.

Patriots 41 Texans 28

The Houston Texans could simply not keep up with the Patriots’ Offense. While the Texans returned the opening kickoff to inside the Pats’ 20, the Texans didn’t have much more momentum. New England scored at will, leading 38-13 at one point.

Falcons 30 Seahawks 28

Falcons were up by twenty, then blew the lead. Atlanta needed a late field goal by K Matt Bryant, to win.

49ers 45 Packers 31

San Francisco QB Colin Kapernick went wild by running for over 180 yards, a single-game record for a QB, leading the 49ers to victory.

Ravens Beat Browns

The NFL officials returned Thursday night as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns 23-16. The Browns fall to 0-4 and have lost 10 straight games, dating back to last season. The Ravens improve to 3-1, and many analysts predict them as super bowl favorites (along with the Texans). Both quarterbacks, Joe Flacco (Ravens) and Brandon Weeden (Browns) threw for over 300 yards.

Josh Cribbs loses his helmet after a hit from Morgan Cox during Thursday’s Ravens-Browns game. Despite playing their fourth game in 18 days, Baltimore defeated Cleveland 23-16. The Browns fell to 0-4 with the loss and remain the only winless team in the AFC. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)<br />
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