49ers Cut Ravens’ Super Bowl Lead to 28-23 After Three QuartersErik Matuszewski
The San Francisco 49ers scored 17 points after waiting out a 34-minute power failure to cut the Baltimore Ravens’ lead to 28-23 heading into the final quarter at the Super Bowl in New Orleans.
San Francisco trailed 28-6 after allowing the Ravens’ Jacoby Jones to return the second-half kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown. Michael Crabtree then hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore scored on a 6-yard run and David Akers kicked a 34-yard field goal for the 49ers.
The largest deficit overcome for a winning team in the National Football League’s Super Bowl was 10 points, by the 1987 Washington Redskins and the 2009 New Orleans Saints.
The 49ers’ third-quarter rally came after a power failure at the Superdome knocked out about half the lights in the stadium. Shortly after play resumed, San Francisco scored 17 points in a span of 4 minutes and 10 seconds.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw three first-half touchdown passes as Baltimore opened a 21-6 halftime lead. The Ravens’ defense forced two turnovers by the 49ers, including the first interception by a San Francisco quarterback in six Super Bowl appearances.
Flacco threw touchdown passes to Anquan Boldin, Dennis Pitta and Jones, who scored on a 58-yard catch with 1:58 left in the second quarter before starting the second half with his kickoff return for a touchdown.
The 49ers (13-4-1) are seeking their sixth Super Bowl title in as many appearances, with their most recent NFL championship coming after the 1994 season. San Francisco entered the game as a 3 1/2-point favorite, according to oddsmakers.
The Ravens (13-6) won their lone Super Bowl title following the 2000 NFL season. All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis, the only player on Baltimore’s roster remaining from the last championship team, has said he’s retiring after the game.