After Alicia Keys' pregame performance, the Baltimore Ravens took the coin toss over the San Francisco 49ers, electing to defer to the second half. Interesting fact: apparently, more money is put on who will win the coin toss versus all the other Super Bowl bets combined.
Early in the 1st, Joe Flaco fired to Anquan Boldin for a 13 yard TD. Ravens were first on the board, up 7-0 following the PAT. But, the 49ers lessened their lead with a FG following an amazing 24 yard pass from Collin Kaepernick pass to Vernon Davis. For the most part though, penalties and turnovers were killing the Niners early in the game. Perhaps all the pressure was finally getting to Jim Harbaugh's usually disciplined team?
Baltimore took another touchdown in the 2nd. After a 75 yard drive, the Baltimore offensive line found themselves deep in the red zone. Flacco passed to Dennis Pitta, and the Ravens secured an 11 point lead. It marked Flacco's tenth touchdown of the postseason.
With less than two minutes remaining in the half, the Ravens were on their own 44. Flacco fired deep to Jacoby Jones. Without any opposition, Jones ran for nine, straight for the endzone. Touchdown Eagles, and the extra point was good. They'd close off the half, up 21 to 6.
Just seconds into the 3rd, Jacoby Jones ran from endzone to endzone. Talk about adding something to your highlight reel! With a 109 yard kickoff return, he increased the Ravens lead by 22.
At 13:22 in the 3rd, the lights went out in New Orleans. Half the Mercedes-Benz Superdome went dark with a power outage, halting the game's momentum for a good 35 minutes.
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It all came down to the fourth. On the quarters opening drive, the Ravens were first and goal, but they refused to run the ball, giving up their touchdown attempt for a measly field goal.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, the 49ers were 2nd and 7 at the 15. Kaepernick ran for the touchdown, but his throw for two was no good. The scoreboard reading 31-29 in the Ravens favor.
The Ravens next drive ate away at the clock, ending with a FG in their favor. Justin Tucker, the rookie from Texas, delivered the goods, increasing their lead 34-29.
Late in the fourth, it was 1st and 10 at the Baltimore 40. Gore got the ball and just kept on running. He was knocked off at the seven, but it'd be good for a first down deep in the red zone with two minutes left in the game. But the 49ers just couldn't deliver. Once the ball was back in Baltimore possession, the game was done.
Ravens would take Super Bowl 47, and John Harbaugh would win the battle of the brothers.
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