Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) celebrates next to the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his team defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, Louisiana. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
The Baltimore Ravens survived a furious second-half rally by
San Francisco and a momentum-sapping power outage at the
Superdome to defeat the scrappy 49ers 34-31 in the Super
A Super Bowl-record 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown
by Jacoby Jones gave the Ravens a 28-6 lead early in the
third quarter but the 49ers scored 17 straight points after a
35-minute power outage and nearly pulled off a stunning
"Both teams had to deal with it," Ravens coach John Harbaugh
said of the power outage. "They dealt with it better,
obviously. They were able to turn the momentum of the game."
Trailing 34-29, the 49ers marched down to the Ravens' seven
but failed to score on four tries, surrendering the ball on
downs at the five with less than two minutes remaining.
Baltimore used up the clock and on fourth down, punter Sam
Koch ran out of bounds in the end zone for a safety with four
Joe Flacco, the game's Most Valuable Player, completed 22 of
33 passes for 287 yards, three touchdowns and no
interceptions to lead the Ravens to their first title since
the 2000 season.
Baltimore's lead evaporated because the 49ers' talented
second-year quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, suddenly found the
form that made him one of the league's most dangerous
quarterbacks this season.
Despite a shaky first half, Kaepernick completed 16 of 28
passes for 302 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 62
yards on seven carries to finish behind Frank Gore (110
yards) as the 49ers' second-leading ground gainer.
A 38-yard field goal by Justin Tucker with 4:19 left in the
game hiked the Ravens' lead to 34-29, setting the stage for
what could have been a Super Bowl-record comeback by the
But the Ravens' defense, anchored by retiring future Hall of
Fame linebacker Ray Lewis, came up big when it had to and
handed the 49ers' franchise its first Super Bowl loss after