Flacco Leads Ravens Over 49ers In Super Bowl

Sunday, February 3rd 2013, 11:28 pm
By: News 9

Not all Harbaughs are created equal.

John Harbaugh's Ravens got up big then held on for dear life over brother Jim's 49ers to claim a 34-31 victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

Joe Flacco threw three first-half touchdown passes as Baltimore built its lead; one of which dropped the country's collective jaw. Already leading 14-3 and standing at their own 44 yard line, Flacco heaved one deep that Jacoby Jones hauled in while lying on the ground. Jones realized he hadn't been touched, got up, juked one 49er defender then raced past another into the end zone to put Baltimore up 21-3.

The second half started off with a bang when Jones took the kickoff and dashed 108 yards all the way to the house to put the Ravens up 28-6. It seemed all hope was lost for the 49ers until one of the wildest events in Super Bowl history.

The lights went down in the Superdome.

Half of the stadium's lights went dark, delaying the game for 34 minutes and putting an immediate halt to Baltimore's momentum.

When the lights came back on, so did the 49ers' swagger. San Francisco rattled off 17 consecutive points to cut the Ravens' lead to 28-23 just before the end of the third quarter. The 49ers had gained the complete momentum and Baltimore needed to answer.

Justin Tucker's 19-yard field goal extended Baltimore's lead to 31-23, but Colin Kaepernick and the Niners got right back at it. The second-year quarterback from Nevada answered by scampering 15 yards into the end zone to cut the lead to 31-29. The 49ers had a chance to tie it with a two-point conversion but the attempt failed.

Baltimore added another Tucker field goal to take a 34-29 lead, and with 4:19 left to play, it was Kaepernick's offense against Ray Lewis' defense with the Super Bowl on the line.

The 49ers marched right down the field and faced a first-and-goal at the Ravens' seven. But in Lewis' final game, Baltimore's defense shut the door one last time. Kaepernick threw three-consecutive incomplete passes and the Ravens took over on downs at their own five yard line with 1:46 to play.

Flacco earned the game's MVP award behind his 287 yard, three touchdown performance. The Ravens last won the Super Bowl in 2000, defeating the New York Giants.