Super Bowl 2013 Highlights: Biggest Plays That Led to Baltimore Ravens Victory

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  Jacoby Jones #12 of the Baltimore Ravens runs back a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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For a Super Bowl as close as the one between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, there were quite a few plays that will be remembered for a long time.

It looked as if the Ravens were going to run away with it. The first half was a rather poor display of football, and Super Bowl XLVII was on pace to be one of the worst in the event's history.

Luckily for the neutrals, the 49ers clawed themselves back to a two-point deficit. Alas, it wasn't enough as Baltimore came through with the 34-31 victory.

With a game this crazy, it's hard to pinpoint exactly when and how the game shifted in favor of each team.

The three plays listed below perhaps impacted the game more than any for the Ravens.


Jacoby Jones' 56-Yard Touchdown Reception

Jacoby Jones only made one reception in the game, but he made it count. The catch went for 56 yards and a touchdown that put the Ravens up, 21-3.

He's only made five receptions the entire postseason. In terms of impact, though, few had a higher success rate than Jones.

One of the receptions was the 70-yard touchdown pass that tied up the divisional round matchup between the Ravens and Denver Broncos. Another was the 56-yard bomb in the Super Bowl.

Jones' big-play ability was unmatched in the Ravens receiving corps, and he stepped up when he needed to.

It's hard to believe the Houston Texans let him slip away.


Jacoby Jones' 108-Yard Kick-Return Touchdown

Many might have thought Jones was crazy for taking the ball out while standing from such a deep position in the end zone.

It was previously listed as a 109-yard return, but the stat has since been amended to "only" 108 yards. The play was the second time this season that Jones had taken a kick return back 108 yards for a touchdown. Both of the returns tied the NFL record.

With that touchdown, it looked like there was no way back for the 49ers. The score became 28-6 in favor of the Ravens.

The San Francisco offense had been very sluggish up to that point, so digging themselves out of a 22-point hole looked impossible. That, of course, didn't prove to be the case.


Baltimore Ravens' Stand on 4th-and-Goal

Whether you think it was holding or not, the possible infraction went uncalled and Colin Kaepernick couldn't hook up with Michael Crabtree for what would have been the go-ahead touchdown.

That holding call alone can't be blamed for San Francisco not scoring. The 49ers had three previous plays from inside the 7-yard line to get inside the end zone, but they couldn't unlock the Ravens defense.

You have to give credit to the Baltimore players as they locked up on the San Francisco receivers and didn't allow Kaepernick a path to six points.

It's moments like that that separate the champions from the pretenders.