The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.
After stalling on the goal line, Baltimore opened the final frame with a 19-yard field goal by Justin Tucker. They could have made a big statement by going for the touchdown, but John Harbaugh opted to play it safe and extend the lead back to eight.
San Francisco punched back with yet another impressive drive. Much ado was made about how the Ravens offense stalled after the power outage, but their defense looked just as hapless. Colin Kaepernick ended the effortless possession with a 15-yard touchdown scramble—the longest touchdown run by a QB in Super Bowl history.
They couldn't convert on the two-point conversion, however, which prevented them from tying the game. As pointed out by Jim Nantz (and recounted by Gregg Doyel), that was a potentially ominous failure:
Gregg Doyel @GreggDoyelStar
Jim Nantz: "By failing to tie the game, you've now just put David Akers back into the equation." Oooooh.2/4/2013, 3:08:40 AM
The Ravens' next drive was extended by a third-down pass interference penalty on Chris Culliver. Then it was even further extended on a sensational third-down catch by Anquan Boldin. The 49ers finally held on their own 21, setting up a 38-yard field goal by Justin Tucker.
So Colin Kaepernick got the ball back in the Super Bowl, trailing by five, with under three minutes remaining—the circumstance every kid grows up dreaming about. NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano tweeted about the breadth of this moment:
Andrew Siciliano @AndrewSiciliano
Brady, in his 2nd season, led his team down the field here in New Orleans 11 years ago. A star was born. This could be Kaepernick's moment.2/4/2013, 3:30:19 AM
Kaepernick had Vernon Davis wide open down the field, and just overthrew him. B/R's Aaron Nagler admitted the throw left a little to be desired, but also said Davis should have caught it:
Aaron Nagler @AaronNagler
Could have a bit more air under it, but you gotta catch that.2/4/2013, 3:26:55 AM
After needing to burn a timeout, they had 4th-and-goal on Baltimore's 5-yard line. But a Baltimore blitz shattered their final gasp, a lofted pass that floated out of the end zone. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke, like so many others, questioned the Niners' late-game play selection:
Chris Burke @ChrisBurke_SI
Two miserable play calls in a row.2/4/2013, 3:34:27 AM
Baltimore ran the clock down to eleven seconds, then ran a brilliant play on the punt. Sam Koch held the ball for seven seconds in the back of his end zone before scurrying out of bounds for the intentional safety. When it was all said and done, only five ticks remained on the clock.
Ted Ginn went down near midfield on the ensuing free kick, and the Ravens stormed the field as Super Bowl champions.
If you played a Super Bowl box game, the winning numbers were Baltimore 4, San Francisco 1.
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