Ravens outlast 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII
By Caleb McCaig –
The Baltimore Ravens outlasted the San Francisco 49ers second-half comeback Sunday night in Super Bowl forty-seven defeating them thirty-four to thirty-one.
The Ravens jumped out to a twenty-one to three lead early in the second quarter and it looked bleak for the 49ers. David Akers added a field goal at the end of the first half to make the score twenty-one to six heading into the second half.
Jacoby Jones opened the second half with a Super Bowl record 108-yard kickoff return to add to the 49ers’ deficit. Down twenty-two points in the third quarter, half of the lights in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome surged and went out for a delay of around thirty-five minutes.
When the lights finally came back on, the momentum sided with the 49ers who then scored seventeen unanswered points in five minutes making the score twenty-eight to twenty-three.
The fourth quarter consisted of a Baltimore field goal to put them in lead by eight, followed by a Kaepernick touchdown run and a failed two-point conversion to leave the score at thrity-one, twenty-nine.
Justin Tucker added another field goal and then a goal line stand by the Baltimore defense all but wrapped up the game. Baltimore did surrender a safety with four seconds left on the clock to prevent a 49ers punt return.
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was the most valuable player going twenty-two for thirty-three for 287 yards and three touchdowns.
This game capped a post-season where he threw no interceptions in all the playoff games. Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers with 302 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception.
He also added sixty-two on the ground with another touchdown. Frank Gore also had 110 yards on the game with a touchdown. San Francisco had more than 100 more total yards than the Ravens but lost the turnover battle, and also had more penalty yards.
Caleb McCaig is a senior Broadcast Journalism student from China Spring, Texas. He currently serves as the Sports Editor for Texan News Service.
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