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Ravens seal Super Bowl XLVII

4 February 2013 05:27

The Baltimore Ravens have won their second Super Bowl title with an incident-filled 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco earned the Most Valuable Player award after throwing for three touchdowns and completing 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards, although the contest - and Baltimore's momentum - was halted in one fell swoop early in the second half.

The Ravens took a 28-6 lead in Super Bowl XLVII, buoyed by a record 108-yard kickoff return touchdown from Jacoby Jones to restart after half-time in blistering fashion.

However, an untimely power outage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome shortly after Jones' heroics lasting 34 minutes gave the 49ers a chance to compose themselves and fight back.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick fired up to throw one touchdown pass and set up another with a completed pass to Vernon Davis, with Frank Gore then running for the six-pointer - all in the space of two minutes and 21 seconds in the third quarter.

The purple patch saw the pre-match favourites cut their deficit to eight points, and the margin remained that way early in the fourth quarter after the teams traded field goals.

The gap was further reduced, though, when Kaepernick ran 15 yards to get into the end zone - the longest touchdown run from a quarterback in Super Bowl history.

The 49ers couldn't eyeball the Ravens, as their two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Ravens to go up the other end and make it a five-point ball game when Justin Tucker - who converted earlier in the final quarter - was on target again with less than six minutes remaining.

Kaepernick had over five minutes to drive his team to Super Bowl glory, but he would fall just short of doing so.

After getting his team to first and goal, the playmaker - who completed 16 of 28 passes for 302 yards - couldn't find the final pass to get his team ahead.

The Ravens would concede a safety late, but they ran down the final two minutes of the thrilling contest to secure American football's holy grail.

The final score meant Ravens coach John Harbaugh got one up on his younger brother, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, in the first instance of brothers coaching against one another in the Super Bowl.

Earlier, the Ravens blitzed the 49ers with three first-half touchdowns - all fed by main man Flacco.

A 13-yard pass to wide receiver Anquan Boldin was the game's first score, with the 49ers only able to kick a field goal in the opening 15 minutes off the boot of David Akers - who would convert all three of his chances.

Flacco then hit up Dennis Pitta and Jones for contrasting touchdown passes - the first going one yard, and the latter going 56 yards.

Another Akers field goal left the 49ers down by 15 at the main interval, and if their confidence wasn't shot then, Jones' kickoff return would have gutted them early in the third stanza.

But the impromptu 'second half-time' saw the 49ers get back into it, only to fall short at the final hurdle.

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