The 49ers vs. Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII matched brothers Jim and John Harbaugh as head coaches of their respective teams. The 49ers were on a quest to win their 6th world championship, which would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl victories in the history of the NFL.
Heading into the game, there were several great stories to follow.
How would Colin Kaepernick perform on the biggest stage in only the tenth start of his career?
Ray Lewis announced his retirement late in the season and has since returned from a severe arm injury to lead the Ravens' defense.
There are the rags to riches stories of perseverance and personal triumph of Patrick Willis, Frank Gore and Michael Oher.
There was Randy Moss proclaiming that he was the greatest wide receiver ever.
Would Joe Flacco elevate his status from being a very good quarterback to an elite-level quarterback?
During media day, 49er nickelback Chris Culliver made disparaging homophobic remarks. Would this be a distraction to him or the 49ers in the final days before the game?
In Super Bowl XLVII, the Ravens jumped out to a 21-6 halftime lead, then Jacoby Jones took the second-half kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown. There was a blatant hold on 49er coverage man Bruce Miller which paved the way for the Jones return.
The 49ers trailed 28-6 when a power outage caused a 34-minute delay. This gave the 49ers some time to regroup and they roared back behind Colin Kaepernick and some solid defense.
With the Ravens leading 34-29, the 49ers drove the ball to the Baltimore five-yard line. They could get no farther, as the Ravens' defense held and after a self-imposed safety, the Ravens came away with a 34-31 victory.
In any Super Bowl, there are truly no losers. The accomplishment of getting to this point makes both teams and their players winners. However, if we take a closer look at the game, let's look at those 49ers who made the most positive or negative impacts in this contest.
It is these players who will be classified as the 49ers' winners and losers from Super Bowl XLVII.