Jacoby Jones evades Vernon Gholston late in the first half of Super Bowl XLVII.
In a game that took over four hours and saw everything from a controversial non-call to the longest play in Super Bowl history, there is plenty to dissect from last night's big game in the Big Easy.
The Ravens and 49ers were expected to compete in a physical and defensive struggle, but the game evolved into a surprising shootout.
Baltimore rode the arm of Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to a 21-6 halftime lead. Flacco tossed three touchdown passes and finished the playoffs without throwing a single interception.
The Ravens appeared to be running away with a rout early in the second half, but then a 34-minute power outage inexplicably swung momentum in the San Francisco 49ers' favor, leading to a dramatic fourth-quarter finish.
Baltimore's big-play offense and timely contributions from special teams and defense ultimately proved too much for the 49ers to handle. Meanwhile, San Francisco will have plenty to second-guess, from questionable play-calling to uncharacteristic penalties.
From the extraordinary to the bizarre, here are 10 of the most memorable plays of Super Bowl XLVII.
Vernon Davis' 20-yard reception was nullified due to an 'Illegal Formation' penalty.
Somewhere, Jim Harbaugh is thinking about this play in the back of his mind.
After two weeks of preparation leading up to Super Bowl XLVII, San Francisco's first play on offense was off-set by a penalty.
Colin Kaepernick hit tight end Vernon Davis for a 20-yard completion, only for the play to be called back because Davis was lined by up an illegal formation. The drive stalled, and the 49ers went three-and-out.
This play will not make highlight reels anywhere, but it was extremely crucial because it revealed San Francisco's nerves at the start of the game. Immediately, the mental edge in the game swung in the Ravens' favor. It is important to set an early tone, especially in a Super Bowl, and the 49ers offense was unable to do that.
Anquan Boldin opens up the Ravens' scoring with a first-quarter touchdown catch from Joe Flacco.
Whereas San Francisco's offense sputtered on its first possession, the Ravens wasted little time cashing in on their first drive of the game.
Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell was aggressive with his play-calling and Joe Flacco was relaxed in the pocket, leading Baltimore's offense down the field at will.
LaMichael James' second-quarter fumble proved to be costly for the 49ers.
If there is one thing that will deflate your team, it is a turnover to end a promising drive.
Down 7-3 early in the second quarter, the 49ers offense finally found a rhythm and appeared to be moving for another score.
LaMichael James took a hand-off from Kaepernick to the right side of his offensive line and was immediately swarmed by Baltimore defenders.
James fought valiantly to get back to the line of scrimmage, but Ravens lineman Courtney Upshaw jarred the ball loose. Baltimore recovered the football and was back in business on offense.
Ed Reed intercepts an overthrown pass from Colin Kaepernick.
Ed Reed has always had a knack for finding the football, but in the second quarter of Super Bowl XLVII, the football found him.
Trailing 14-3, the 49ers desperately needed a sustained drive to rest their defense and tilt momentum in their favor.
Instead, San Francisco committed its second consecutive turnover.
Kaepernick, clearly feeling the pressure of the Super Bowl stage, threw a pass meant for Randy Moss. Instead, the football sailed right over Moss (who appeared to quit on the play) and into Reed's waiting arms.
On 4th-and-9, Justin Tucker is tackled out-of-bounds one yard short of the first down marker.
In the famous words of Gordon Gekko, "greed is good."
However, John Harbaugh got a little too greedy midway through the second quarter.
Sensing an opportunity for an early knockout punch, Harbaugh sent the Baltimore field-goal unit on the field to execute a 4th-and-9 fake field goal run.
Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker received a direct snap and ran towards the sideline, but was tackled a yard short of the first-down marker.
While the aggressiveness of Harbaugh is commendable, he should have settled for a field-goal attempt with a commanding 14-3 lead.
After making a catch at the 7-yard line, Jacoby Jones makes a second effort and lunges into the end zone.
Jacoby Jones sliced through the 49ers secondary like a knife through butter and hauled in a 56-yard touchdown catch from Joe Flacco.
On this play, he caught Flacco's pass at the 7-yard-line and fell to his back without being touched. He quickly got up and sprinted into the end zone to give the Ravens a 21-3 lead.
Baltimore widened its lead and received the kickoff to open the second half, which would prove to be costly for the 49ers.
Jacoby Jones' second-half kickoff return is the longest play in Super Bowl history.
With respect to Joe Flacco, who was magnificent, Jacoby Jones should have been named Super Bowl MVP.
Jones stood deep in his end zone to receive the second-half kickoff and torched through San Francisco's special teams en route to the longest play in Super Bowl history with a 108-yard return touchdown.
With the touchdown, Jones became the first player in Super Bowl history to find the end zone on offense as well as special teams.
Baltimore's lead now stretched to 28-6, and it was turning Super Bowl XLVII into a rout.
Colin Kaepernick celebrates his 15-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
After power was restored in the Superdome, the 49ers rattled off 17 unanswered points to close Baltimore's lead to 28-23.
Colin Kaepernick's 15-yard touchdown run brought San Francisco even closer early in the fourth quarter at 31-29.
But on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt, Kaepernick threw the football away early because of heavy pressure from a Baltimore blitz.
If San Francisco had converted, the dynamic for the remainder of the fourth quarter would have been much different. Instead, the 49ers needed to score a touchdown and not a field goal, which would prove to be their ultimate undoing.
Anquan Boldin makes a critical fourth-quarter catch through the out-stretched arm of Carlos Rogers.
After San Francisco closed the score to 31-29, the Ravens offense desperately needed a sustained drive of their own to kill the clock and keep the surging 49ers offense on the sidelines.
On 3rd-and-1, Flacco anticipated the San Francisco defense would be playing to stop Ray Rice from converting a crucial first down, so he called an audible directed for Boldin.
Flacco threw a jump ball in Boldin's direction, and he came down with a brilliant catch. 49ers corner Carlos Rogers could not have played the pass any better, but Boldin simply out-muscled him to complete the reception and continue the Ravens drive.
Baltimore would go on to add another field goal from Tucker and extend its lead to 34-29.
The 49ers' Super Bowl aspirations sail over the out-stretched arms of Michael Crabtree
Of all the plays and formations that the 49ers have in their playbook, they left their season to chance by running a goal-line fade on the deciding play of the game.
On 4th-and-goal, Baltimore brought another heavy blitz against Kaepernick, and he threw an attempted pass to Michael Crabtree which helplessly sailed out of bounds.
Crabtree appeared to be tangled up with Ravens corner Jimmy Smith, but no flags were thrown and San Francisco's fate was sealed.
Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers coaching staff were understandably irate on the sidelines, and the no-call promises to be a controversial discussion point for years to come.