Super Bowl XLVII was one for the ages, as the Baltimore Ravens hung on to beat the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 34-31.
The first two quarters belonged to Baltimore, which built a 21-6 lead heading into halftime.
Then, Jacoby Jones tied a Super Bowl record on the opening kickoff of the second half, returning it 108 yards for a touchdown to give the Ravens a commanding 28-6 lead.
San Francisco bounced back, coming within three points of the lead. But the 49ers fell just short of the ultimate prize.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the biggest plays of the game.
Anquan Boldin and the Ravens Jump Out Early
The 49ers received the opening kickoff and looked to get off to an impressive start when Colin Kaepernick hit Vernon Davis on a 20-yard pass to open up the drive. Unfortunately, an illegal formation penalty negated the play, and the 49ers went three-and-out.
Baltimore was set up in excellent field position at its own 49-yard line after the punt, thanks to a solid return by Jacoby Jones.
Joe Flacco drove his team down the field and into the red zone, thanks in part to a nice 20-yard pass to Torrey Smith. The Niners defense stiffened and seemingly forced a fourth down, but Ahmad Brooks jumped offsides on the third-down play, giving the Ravens a second chance to score.
Flacco wasted no time hitting Boldin on the next play—a 13-yard touchdown pass that put the Ravens up 7-0 early in the first quarter.
Baltimore Forces the Game's First Turnover
The 49ers responded with a field goal to get on the board and then forced a Ravens punt.
Colin Kaepernick looked sharp connecting with Vernon Davis and the 49ers were moving the chains until LaMichael James coughed up the football trying to eek out a few extra yards.
James was wrapped up low when rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw knocked the ball out right before he hit the ground.
Flacco Hits Dennis Pitta For an Easy TD
In response to the turnover, the Ravens marched down the field, picking up chunks of yardage both on the ground and through the air.
After almost five minutes of game time, Flacco finished off the drive with an easy touchdown pass to Pitta, who was wide open in the middle of the end zone.
This score put Baltimore up by a score of 14-3 midway through the second quarter.
Ed Reed Intercepts Colin Kaepernick
The mistakes kept piling up for the 49ers in the first half.
On the first play of San Francisco's next possession, Kaepernick attempted to hit Randy Moss in the deep middle of the field. Moss was open, but the t hrow sailed on him, allowing Reed to come up with an easy interception.
Ravens Fail To Convert on Fake Field-Goal Attempt
In an effort to put the 49ers away early, John Harbaugh made a gutsy call that didn't work in his favor.
Instead of taking a short 21-yard field-goal attempt, the Ravens attempted to trick the 49ers on a fake field goal.
Patrick Willis strung the play out on the left side, allowing his teammates to catch up to kicker Justin Tucker. The 49ers were able to force a much-needed turnover on downs.
Chris Culliver Does His Best Rahim Moore Impersonation
Jacoby Jones did it again, ladies and gentlemen.
Just like he did against the Denver Broncos and the aforementioned Moore, Jones got behind San Francisco's secondary, burning Culliver on a 56-yard bomb for a huge touchdown before halftime.
The worst part about this play from Culliver's perspective is that after he was burned, he failed to even lay a finger on Jones, who was on the ground. From there, Jones simply popped back up and ran the rest of the way for the score, putting the Ravens up, 21-3.
Jacoby Jones Ties a Super Bowl Record on 108-Yard Kickoff Return for TD
Before many fans had even sat down for the second half, Baltimore put another seven points on the board.
Jones took the half's opening kickoff 108 yards in 11 seconds to score the fourth touchdown of the game, giving Baltimore a comfortable 28-6 lead to start the third.
Michael Crabtree and the 49ers Mount a Comeback Attempt
After a delay of 30-plus minutes when the power went down in half of the stadium, the 49ers finally scored their first touchdown midway through the third quarter.
Kaepernick led the 49ers on a seven-play, 80-yard drive that took just over three minutes off the clock, finishing it off in style on a 31-yard touchdown pass to Crabtree.
Two defenders had a shot to take Crabtree down, but the wideout withstood a couple of big hits, stayed on his feet and ran it in to bring the 49ers within two scores.
The Ravens' lead was down to 28-13.
Frank Gore Gets In To Make the Game REALLY Interesting
After the first touchdown of the game for San Francisco, the Niners defense successfully forced a Ravens punt. Ted Ginn found a crease on the backside of the play on the return, hitting the right sideline for a huge 32-yard gain to put his offense at the Baltimore 20-yard line.
Two plays later, Gore finished off the drive with an easy six-yard TD run to the right side, getting into the end zone untouched.
Gore's score made it a one-possession game, and with the Ravens up 28-20 with approximately 20 minutes left on the game clock.
Colin Kaepernick Finally Gets Loose
After both teams traded field goals, the 49ers offense got rolling once again.
Kaepernick led a five-play, 76-yard drive that ended on a 15-yard touchdown scamper by the young signal-caller. He hit Randy Moss on a 32-yard strike, rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown and Frank Gore ran twice for 26 yards.
The 49ers attempted the two-point conversion to tie the game, but failed. The Ravens led 31-29 at this point with 10 minutes left in the game.
49ers Fail to Convert a 4th-and-Goal, Ravens Hang On to Win
The 49ers made it all the way to the Ravens' 5-yard line with less than two minutes remaining on the game clock, trailing by five points.
They attempted to get the ball into the end zone four times, and all four times the 49ers were repelled.
The Ravens held on to win the game by a score of 34-31 after purposefully taking a safety with four seconds left on the clock, forcing the 49ers to run the impending punt back for the potential game-winning score.
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