Ravens Win Super Bowl XLVII 34-31
(CNN) — The Baltimore Ravens staved off a furious San Francisco 49ers second-half rally to win Super Bowl XLVII 34-31 on Sunday night in New Orleans.
Just a few minutes after Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, the power in half the Superdome went off with 13:22 left in the third quarter. The referee called a halt to the game while stadium officials worked to fix the problem. At about 8:45 p.m. ET, power was restored and the process of powering up the lights began.
The game restarted after a 35-minute delay, according to CBS, which broadcast the game.
The 49ers have outscored the Ravens 23-6 since play resumed at 9:10 p.m. ET
The 49ers scored their first touchdown when Michael Crabtree scored on a 31-yard touchdown throw from Colin Kaepernick. That made the score 28-13 with 7:20 left in the third quarter.
Three minutes later, Frank Gore scored on a 6-yard run off the right side to draw the 49ers to within eight, after a David Akers extra point.
After a Ray Rice fumble gave the ball back to the 49ers, Akers kicked his third field goal of the contest.
Rookie Justin Tucker boosted the Ravens lead back to eight with a field goal 2:03 into the final quarter.
But the Niners answered quickly. Kaepenick’s 15-yard scamper — the longest touchdown run by a quarterback in Super Bowl history — made the score at 31-29 with 9:57 left in regulation. But his throw on the two-point conversion was too high.
Tucker kicked a 38-yard field goal with 4:23 left in the game to make it 34-29.
Baltimore led 28-23 after three quarters. Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco was 19 of 29 for 261 yards after 45 minutes, while Kaepernick was 14 of 22 for 246 yards.
Flacco threw red-zone touchdown passes in the first half — the first to Anquan Boldin and another to Dennis Pitta.
He also hit Jones for a 56-yard touchdown pass, where the wide-open receiver fell down catching the ball at the 8-yard line, got up and evaded one defender before sprinting into the end zone.
The largest deficit ever overcome in the Super Bowl is 10 points, done twice. Two weeks ago the 49ers overcame a 17-point Atlanta Falcons’ lead to win the NFC Championship.
The 49ers are trying to win their sixth Super Bowl, which would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most all time.
Baltimore’s Ray Lewis, one of the greatest linebackers ever, is trying to win his second title before he retires in the off-season. Lewis had three tackles in the first half.
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