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Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII over the 49ers, 34-31

Baltimore has to make one last tackle on a punt return to seal the victory after taking a safety in the final seconds of the game. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is selected MVP.

February 03, 2013|By Lance Pugmire
  • Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin catches a 13-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco against 49ers defensive back Donte Whitner in the first quarter Sunday.
Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin catches a 13-yard touchdown pass from Joe… (Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images )

Ravens 34, 49ers 31 (final)

The Baltimore Ravens have defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

It's the second championship for the Ravens and linebacker Ray Lewis, who is retiring after 17 seasons.

After taking a safety on their final possession, Baltimore punted to San Francisco, which was unable to set up a return and suffered its first loss in six appearances in the NFL championship game.

San Francisco never led in the game, but the 49ers still had a chance to win the when punt returner Ted Ginn Jr. fielded the punt. A swarming Ravens defense contained him near midfield before making the tackle.

Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was selected the game’s most valuable player.

The championship goes to Baltimore Coach John Harbaugh over his kid brother, San Francisco Coach Jim Harbaugh.

The Times will have full coverage of the game played at the New Orleans Superdome throughout the night at

Ravens 34, 49ers 31 (4 seconds left)

The Baltimore Ravens are closing in on a Super Bowl title.

After moving the ball from their own 20-yard line to the Ravens’ 5, San Francisco saw Baltimore defensive back Joey Smith break up a third-down pass to Michael Crabtree.

Colin Kaepernick was then rushed heavily, forcing a throw that 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh begged for pass interference with a Ravens defensive back and Crabtree jostling for position.

The Kaepernick pass flew beyond Crabtree with cornerback Jimmy Smith tugging on his jersey.

The Ravens went three and out on their next possession, opting to take a safety with four seconds remaining as the punter ran out of the end zone.

It’s now Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31.

Ravens 34, 49ers 29 (two-minute warning)

The San Francisco 49ers have never lost a Super Bowl, and now they find themselves in Joe Montana territory against the Cincinnati Bengals back in the day.

Taking possession at their own 20-yard line with 4:19 left in the game and trailing by five points, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran for a first down, then completed a 24-yard pass to receiver Michael Crabtree to the Baltimore's 40.

A Frank Gore run moved the ball to Baltimore’s seven, and it’s now the two-minute warning.

Ravens 34, 49ers 29 (4:19 left in fourth quarter)

The Baltimore Ravens have increased their lead over the San Francisco 49ers to five points with 4:19 left in regulation.

On a third-and-inches play with Ray Rice in the backfield would’ve appeared to call for a run, but the Ravens opted instead for another Joe Flacco pass to Anquan Boldin.

The completion kept San Francisco’s raging offense off the field, as Boldin moved the Ravens to the San Francisco 39-yard line.

A Rice run picked up more yards, setting up a Justin Tucker 38-yard field goal.

Ravens 31, 49ers 29 (9:57 left in fourth quarter)

We have a two-point Super Bowl with 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

Minutes after a Baltimore field goal, the San Francisco 49ers responded with a 15-yard touchdown run by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The two-point conversion pass failed and Baltimore leasds, 31-29.

Kaepernick’s scoring run is the longest by a quarterback in Super Bowl history.

Ravens 28, 49ers 23 (end of third quarter)

With momentum clearly shifting in San Francisco’s favor, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco stared down a third-and-two situation and connected with receiver Anquan Boldin for a first down into 49ers territory.

Ravens running back Bernard Pierce added another first down to move the ball to the 49ers’ 18 with eight seconds left in the third quarter.

At the third-quarter whistle, the Ravens lead San Francisco, 28-23.

Ravens 28, 49ers 23 (3:14 left in third quarter)

Since the power went out at the Superdome, the San Francisco 49ers have outscored the Baltimore Ravens, 17-0, and outgained them by 90 yards, 106-16.

Now, the 49ers have recovered a fumble by Baltimore running back Ray Rice at the Ravens’ 24-yard line with more than four minutes left in the third quarter.

San Francisco moved to the 21 on a Frank Gore run, but Colin Kaepernick overthrew a receiver in the end zone, and David Akers missed a field goal wide left from 39 yards with 3:14 remaining in the third.

A penalty against Baltimore for running into the kicker moved the ball up five yards, and Akers converted the second chance as the 49ers moved within five points of the Ravens.

Ravens 28, 49ers 20 (4:29 left in third quarter)

Following a 78-yard touchdown drive directed by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers defense stiffened and sacked Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco on a third-down play to force a punt.

San Francisco receiver Ted Ginn Jr. returned the punt  inside the Ravens’ 30-yard line. The 49ers moved inside the 10-yard line on a pass for Kaepernick to fullback Delanie Walker.

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