Baltimore Ravens Defeat 49ers 34-31 to Win Second Super Bowl
The Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers to win the Super Bowl for a second time.
The Ravens won 34-31 at the Superdome in New Orleans in the first Super Bowl to be played between teams coached by brothers. John Harbaugh, 50, coaches Baltimore and Jim, 49, leads the 49ers.
The Ravens also won in their only prior trip to the Super Bowl, after the 2000 season.
The 49ers were seeking to join the Pittsburgh Steelers as the only National Football League team with six Super Bowl wins.
Joe Flacco capped the Ravens’ opening drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin before the 49ers pulled within 7-3 on a 36-yard field goal in the first quarter by David Akers.
Ravens quarterback Flacco found Dennis Pitta with a 1-yard pass for a touchdown midway through the second quarter before throwing a 56-yard scoring pass to Jacoby Jones to extend Baltimore’s lead to 21-3. Akers then kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.
The third quarter began with Jones returning the kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown to give the Ravens a 28-6 advantage. Shortly afterwards, a partial power outage knocked out some lights in the stadium, causing a delay in play of about 34 minutes.
The 49ers scored 17 unanswered points in four minutes, 10 seconds after play resumed to close to 28-23.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick found Michael Crabtree with a 31-yard touchdown pass, Frank Gore scored on a 6-yard dash into the end zone and Akers kicked a 34-yard field goal.
Justin Tucker kicked a 19-yard field goal for the Ravens before Kaepernick ran for a 15-yard touchdown and the 49ers failed with a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game at 31-31 with 10 minutes to play.
Tucker then kicked a 38-yard field goal to make it 34-29 to the Ravens with 4:23 to play in the fourth quarter and Baltimore took a safety with four seconds remaining to complete the scoring.
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