Super Bowl XLVII: Game Changing Moments
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Super Bowl XLVII looked like a blowout after the first half. Joe Flacco and the Ravens shredded the 49ers' secondary for three touchdowns. But after a power outage and a furious surge by the 49ers, the game wasn't decided until its final minutes.
Here are some of the biggest plays from the memorable game.
Anquan Boldin's Receiving Touchdown
Boldin's First Quarter TD helped get the Ravens started
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Scoring first in a big game like the Super Bowl does many things for a team. It helps them gain early momentum, puts pressure on the opposition and sets the tone for the remainder of the game.
Joe Flacco's 13-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin in the first quarter put the Ravens ahead 7-0. This play established the passing game that Flacco and company utilized to dominate the 49ers' secondary throughout the first half, giving Baltimore a lead they never relinquished.
LaMichael James' Fumble
James' fumble near the red zone was a crucial turnover
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Early in the second quarter, the 49ers were nearing the red zone down just 7-3, but a handoff to LaMichael James ruined the drive.
James fumbled at the Baltimore 24-yard line. The Ravens recovered and proceeded to march down the field for a touchdown.
This fumble by James was basically a 14-point swing. It ruined the 49ers' drive, gave the Ravens an opportunity that they seized and swung the momentum completely back to the Ravens.
Jacoby Jones' Kick Return for a Touchdown
Jones got the Ravens started in the second half
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The first few minutes in the second half of a game can often hint to which team will come out with the victory.
A 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Jacoby Jones to start the second half bolstered the Ravens team and crushed the 49ers' hopes to immediately decrease their deficit.
This play kept the Ravens energized and encouraged the team to keep on the gas. Jones showed the 49ers that getting back into the game was not going to be easy.
The power outage may have halted Baltimore's momentum
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Less than two minutes into the second half, a power outage put play on hold for 34 minutes. At the time, the Ravens were up 22 points and were poised to win big.
This power outage, however, stopped the Ravens' momentum and gave the 49ers a chance to get back into the game. They scored 17 points in under five minutes and brought the game to within one score by the time the fourth quarter came around.
Ravens' Goal Line Stand
Ray Lewis and the Ravens D made a critical goal line stand
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Late in the fourth quarter, the 49ers had the ball on first and goal from the Raven's seven-yard line. A touchdown at the time would have given them the lead and left the Ravens with less than two minutes to attempt a comeback.
For four straight plays, however, the Ravens defense stood strong, keeping San Francisco out of the end zone and securing the Super Bowl victory.