In the end, "three" is the only number that matters for the 2013 Super Bowl, as it is the margin of victory by the Baltimore Ravens in their 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
While that final score may ultimately be the most significant "statistic," there are a host of figures that help paint the full picture for a unique and thrilling Super Bowl. Let's take a look at some of those numbers.
0: This is the number of holds called on the 49ers' final offensive play.
In what is sure to go down as one of the more infamous no-calls in Super Bowl history, the refs controversially kept their flags in their pockets on this final fourth-down pass to Michael Crabtree:
While a flag would have been understandable in this instance, I like that the refs let this close call go and let the players decide the outcome.
7: This is the total of penalties assessed in the game.
This is a relatively small number of penalties and, again, the refs should be commended for letting the players play.
101: The amount of yards by which the 49ers' offense outgained the Ravens' offense.
Despite putting up considerably more offensive yards (Baltimore racked up another 234 yards between kick and punt returns) than the Ravens, the 49ers came up short. They can thank the next two numbers for that.
2-for-6: The 49ers' red-zone success rate.
The Ravens employed a bend-but-don't break strategy, as they allowed the 49ers to enter the red zone six times, but only allowed them two touchdowns in those trips.
Most notable was the goal-line stand to seal the victory, as Baltimore's defense, facing a first-and-goal seven yards away from the end zone, stopped the Niners from scoring four times.
2: That would be the number of times the 49ers sacked Joe Flacco.
The 49ers needed to make Joe Flacco uncomfortable in the pocket. They failed in this task and it is a big reason why their opponent celebrated the Super Bowl victory.
1: This is how many interceptions Colin Kaepernick threw.
This was a solid performance by the inexperienced youngster and Baltimore failed to score any points directly off the takeway. However, this doesn't change the fact that he was the first 49ers quarterback to throw an interception in the Super Bowl nor excuse that his pick was one more turnover than Flacco committed.
15: This represents the number of yards on Kaepernick's TD run.
Along with that negative blemish, Kaepernick left a positive mark in the record books. Kaepernick now holds the record for longest touchdown run by a quarterback in the Super Bowl.
108: Is how many yards Jacoby Jones ran when taking the second-half kickoff for a touchdown.
Jones' name is now linked to the longest play in Super Bowl history.
7: This is how many tackles Ray Lewis had in his final game as a pro.
This number actually took a dip from Lewis' stellar postseason, but I doubt Lewis will have any regrets over that.
34: Is the number of minutes the game was delayed by power outage.
This Super Bowl carved a unique spot in Super Bowl lore with the blackout in the third quarter, as San Francisco faced a similar situation against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football last season.
84: Represents the number of minutes the Ravens' offense was off the field, a span that was prolonged by the blackout.
There is no doubt that this lengthy delay stalled out the momentum gained by the Ravens.
254: Is the number of minutes the game lasted, which was the longest in Super Bowl history
Given the lengthy delay, this record is no surprise.
124.2: Is Joe Flacco's QB rating for the game.
Flacco completed a stellar postseason run with an MVP performance in the big game.
3: This is the number of Ravens to catch a TD pass
Flacco shared the wealth in his Super Bowl performance, as all three of his touchdown passes went to different receivers.
11: That would be the number of Flacco postseason touchdown passes, which ties the NFL record.
Flacco also didn't throw a single pick to go with those 11 touchdown passes. All of these Flacco-related number leads to our next large digit.
110 Million: Dollars: The amount of cash that Flacco, who is about to enter free agency, can likely look forward to on his next contract.
108.4 Million: This is how many people tuned in (in America) for the Super Bowl.
CBS News reported the numbers, to make it the third-most watched Super Bowl and event in U.S. TV history.
47.7 Million: Is the amount of social media posts during the game.
This is easily a new record for the Super Bowl, but then again, social media use has been on a rapid rise.
There you have it, some unique and impressive numbers from a spectacular Super Bowl.
I already can't wait for next year.
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