Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII

8 Feb
Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco

Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco holding the Lombardi Trophy. Flacco was named Super Bowl XLVII MVP, completing 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns. Credit: Sportsunbiased.com

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31. The Ravens dominated the first half. Jacoby Jones added a 108-yard kick return touchdown to begin the second half, a Super Bowl record. The Ravens led by 22 points. The largest deficit a team has ever overcome to win the Super Bowl is 10 points. The game was essentially a lock for the Ravens. Then the lights went out in the Superdome.

The 34-minute power outage slowed the Ravens’ momentum and gave the 49ers an opportunity to make a comeback. The 49ers overcame a 17-point deficit to win against Atlanta in the NFC Championship game two weeks before, so another second-half surge was not unthinkable. When play continued, the 49ers scored 17 unanswered points in less than 4 1/2 minutes. The Ravens appeared to be letting the game slip away, especially after a Ray Rice fumble that led to a field goal for the 49ers. In the end, the 49ers could not muster enough points to beat the Ravens.

News and Notes from the game:

  • Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco gave himself a great deal of praise at the beginning of the season, calling himself the best quarterback in the NFL. With a Super Bowl title, and playoff wins against Peyton Manning and Tom Brady this postseason, Flacco may indeed be relevant in the “Elite QB” conversation.
  • Ravens head coach John Harbaugh faced his younger brother, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, on the game’s biggest stage.  This was the first time two siblings coached against each other in the Super Bowl.
  • The 49ers lost their first Super Bowl in six appearances. They have won five Super Bowl titles and trail only the Pittsburgh Steelers for most championships in the Super Bowl era with six.
  • To conclude his impressive 17-year career, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis walked off the field for the last time as a Super Bowl champion. Lewis is arguably the best linebacker to ever play in the NFL. His 13 Pro Bowl appearances, Super Bowl MVP in 2000 and NFL All-Decade honors provide a strong argument for a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • During Media Day, 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss said he is the best receiver to ever play the game. Former 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice, who is now an ESPN NFL analyst, holds all-time records with 1,549 receptions, 22,895 yards and 197 touchdowns, not to mention three Super Bowl rings. Moss claims he does not care about statistics but the impact a player makes on the field. Sorry, Randy. Rice wins this one.
  • After an unimpressive finish to the regular season, the Ravens entered the playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the AFC. With games against the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round and AFC Championship, respectively, the Ravens were written off as Super Bowl contenders. A few weeks later, the Ravens are standing atop the football world with the franchise’s second Lombardi Trophy. Who would have thought?

Super Bowl XLVII had everything a football fan could want. Brothers faced off. Points were scored. Records were broken. Legends were made.

The offseason has begun. Who is your pick for Super Bowl XLVIII?

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