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Baltimore Ravens Win Super Bowl XLVII 34-31; Joe Flacco Named MVP


Shop for Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII Champions Gear at NFLShop.comSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick failed to connect with wide receiver Michael Crabtree on fourth and goal from the 5 yard-line with 1:50 left in the game and it resulted in the Baltimore Ravens holding on to win Super Bowl XLVII 34-31 at the Superdome in New Orleans. LA.

The 49ers final offensive play will be talked about for several days as many felt that Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith should have been flagged for holding Crabtree on the play. He wasn\’t, and the Ravens took over on downs.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was named the MVP of the game after going 22-of-33 passing for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns. Flacco once again didn\’t throw an interception in the game and he finished the playoffs with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Wide receiver Anquan Boldin, tight end Dennis Pitta and wide receiver Jacoby Jones all had touchdown receptions in the win, and Jones also added an 108 yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half. Boldin finished the game with 6 catches for 104 yards.

The Ravens had a 21-6 lead at the halftime and increased it to 28-6 thanks to the return by Jones on the second half kickoff. The momentum the Ravens had would, however, be interrupted as an “abnormality” in the Superdome power system resulted in a breaker tripping with 13:28 left in the third quarter and it caused a 34 minute delay.

When the lights came back on so did the 49ers offense as they scored 17 unanswered points to make it 28-23 with 3:14 left in the third quarter.

The Ravens built their lead to 8 points thanks to a 38 yard field goal by kicker Justin Tucker with 12:57 left in regulation, but the 49ers quickly answered with a five play, 76 yard drive of their own that was capped by a 15 yard touchdown run by Kaepernick with 10:04 left. The failed two-point conversion play made it a two point game with plenty of football left to be played.

The Ravens answered back with a 10 play drive of their own but had to settle for another Tucker field goal and a 5 point lead with 4:23 left.

The 49ers final offensive drive started at their own 20 yard-line and ended with the failed fourth down pass. The Ravens took a safety after taking over on downs and left the 49ers with just 4 seconds left to receive the free kick. Time expired on the return by Ted Ginn Jr. and the Ravens hoisted their second Lombardi trophy.

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who retired after the game, registered 7 total tackles. The Ravens won the AFC North with a 10-6 record.

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  • Vegas Stinks

    This rivalry is nothing more than a fan rivalry. I don’t like the Steeler players rooting for the Ravens but they have every right to and it is not my place to tell them who they want to win. My problem is I do not want to hear about how this is a great rivalry. The days of Joey Porter picking fights with guys and Bart Scott threatening Hines Ward after getting his butt handed to him are over. The rivalry is not a true one because of guys like Ryan Clark. Would Ray Nitschke go over and be all buddy buddy with the Bears? Did Joe Greene or Jack Lambert hope the Raiders would win because they want to see their such great friends George Atkinson and Jack Tatum win another ring?

    Red Sox-Yankes, Bears-Packers, Steelers-Raiders, Steelers-Browns and Penguins-Flyers and Cowboys-Redskins are real rivalries. Steelers-Ravens is two just great teams going at it with players that love each other while the fans hate the other team more.

  • Dan

    As distasteful as it was to root for the Ravens, this was actually a fine outcome for us. The Ravens are still a 10-6 team who over achieved largely through the efforts and inspiration of a player who is retiring. Without Lewis they will not be 10-6 next year. They’ve shot their wads. Next year they will have their rings and underperform in a major SB hangover. Flacco will likely get a new contract that will eat up a big chunk of their cap, making it harder to fill other slots with quality players. Unless one of the Buckeye teams turns it on, we should have the division next year.

  • walter mason

    Did you see that hold on the safety with seconds ticking away?

  • Jason White

    I seen someone earlier say that the no call at the end was consistent with what the refs were doing all game by just letting them play. Kinda funny when you consider a little earlier in the game they called Chris Culliver for pass interference that really wasn’t anymore blatant than what happened at the end. It is gonna be absolutely hilarious when they overpay for an inconsistent Joe Flacco while neglecting other core members of the team. The Ravens got lucky this year between many, many bad referee calls/non calls among other things. Should have been a 6-10 team.

  • TJimmy

    They should add the challenge flag option for no-calls like this one and for misjudged pass interference. They affect the outcome of the game too much not to…especially in the post-season games

  • grw1960

    Better the Ravens win than the Niners,
    The STEELERS ARE THE STILL ONLY ONES WITH SIX

  • zyzak

    Really? The Packers have 13 titles, the NFL existed before 1967

  • Clint Martin

    True Steeler fans don’t cheer for their biggest rival’s, ever. You just don’t do it!!
    The 49er’s had 5 Super Bowls before the Steelers did.

  • Clint Martin

    Lamar He made it to the Super Bowl and won the MVP don’t run your mouth again.
    Just a thought!

  • SteelSpine

    This game was one of many where I couldn’t help noticing how more coordinated their passing of other teams are compared to ours. This game was like many games where saw pinpoint passing on-the-mark by QBs with less years experience than our QB, they put the Steelers’ throws to shame by comparison. Granted Colin Kaepernick threw a couple bad throws, but man that 2nd-year QB threw many beauties in that game.

    Anyone can use excuse of better pass blocking by other teams, Ravens reshuffled their OLine a lot this year, but I think of the times where our QB did have time to throw. This year very young QBs 1st-2nd-year in NFL more inexperienced than Ben, they routinely put the ball on the mark, & in comparison you would think it is our QB who is the rookie QB. I give Ben the advantage over most other QBs in the 2-minute drill, & Ben obviously has the tools of a franchise QB, but man these other teams’ throws appear way more coordinated than ours. Also having a plan for when not enough time to throw, I doubt other teams’ plans are to just get their franchise QB bent in half busted up. It does make me wonder what if we had those other teams’ offensive coordinators, could those other coordinators overcome our players on our OLine, & our young money crew.

    Other things in that game I found myself comparing to Steelers:
    - After some WR catches I said, Steelers’ WRs wouldof dropped that one.
    - That KR for TD by Jacoby Jones, that too was missing from Steelers this year.
    - If Steelers defense were in that game, neither of those 2 teams wouldof completed as many passes as they did. They wouldof completed a few of those but Steelers D-backs wouldof broken up more of those passes.

  • zyzak

    Doesn’t matter its still a safety

  • grw1960

    Who said anything about cheering for them. But they got it done, Got to give them their due respect

  • SteelerFanInMD

    I hope the Steelers were taking notes on how offenses can light up the score board by gaining yards in big chunks. Both teams did that last night. The dink and dunk offense that the Steelers ran last year isn’t going to get them to the Superbowl.

  • Ahmad

    That should have been a holding call on Smith and for once I’m with Jim Harbaugh for having a spaz attack. I had one of my own because I was pissed off. Since when did holding a guy around the waist a legal defensive tactic? I bet if it was Ike Taylor a flag would have been thrown.

  • RW

    The Super Bowl era cannot be compared to the independent AFC/NFC era if only because there was a far greater statistical probability that one team would make it to multiple championships. Thus the reason for the distinction.

  • JohnnyV1

    And no more Ray Lewis! Now if Tom Brady can just retire all would be right with the world.

  • steeltown

    Well I definitely agree with one thing… Flacco will get his huge contract now and that will eat up alot of their cap, which in turn will cause them to lose a few guys, a few names come to mind including Paul Kruger and Cary Williams… if they lose Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Paul Kruger and Cary Williams in the same offseason thats going to have a major effect on that Defense

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’m die hard black and gold and I give Bmore credit they beat us they won the division and they are the SB champs this year. I respect em

  • steeltown

    Dont really care, it was lose lose for us Steeler fans.. either the Ravens win or SanFran wins and gets their 6th Lombardi… I wont lie, I was rooting for SF, but whatever.

  • Douglas Andrews

    He might as well have tackled the guy but it was gonna be a safety anyway…what about the bogus running into the kicker call?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.whetsel Rick Whetsel

    I could not be more disgusted or disagree more with the Steeler fans that wanted the Ravens to win… The way I see it, the Steelers will have the opportunity to win more super bowl wins down the road… but we can never take away that trophy from the ratbirds..

  • WilliamSekinger

    The only responsible thing (for Steeler fans) to root for during this game would have been for a meteor to hit the field and destroy both teams.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    But Steelers misfired on deep thows. Throwing more misses downfield & more INTs, apparently wuld have made our record worse, not better. Raiders deep throwed for the past couple decades, & most years they sucked. Fans on bandwagon of the fun bashing the dink & dunk, have no clue.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Zyrzak is actually right on that. Refs dont call holding on intentional safeties, becaus flagging a hold there results in a safety. Ravens punter said thats why Ravens had practiced holding in endzone.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Losing sleep over who rooted for which team? Zzzz.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Finally someone who had the right perspectiv on that. All that was exactly my thoughts too.

  • Mike Carroll

    The good news is the 2013 season begins today! I cannot imagine any better motivation for the Steelers than watching the Ravens run through the postseason. It’s time for a whole lot of Steelers to get to work.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Ravens winning that bumps Ravens down one notch in draft, I want anyone in our division to draft as late in any round as possible.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    That game showed Niners need to upgrade their secondary, but thats not as many holes as Steelers need to upgrade. Im no Niners fan but Niners are on the way up, Steelers appear on the way down. Steelers are my team, its just they do not appear on the way up.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    I think the timing wasn’t there on longer throws because of overemphasis on short pass routes. More vertical passing, meaning better balance between short, medium and long, would probably improve the deeper throws.

  • Mike Carroll

    I agree on the comment about Ravens receivers. In particular, Anquan Boldin’s play should stand out in stark contrast to the abilities of our current set of receivers. The Steelers don’t have anyone that plays physical and attacks the ball like he does. Unfortunately, Torrey Smith is better than any Steeler receiver in that respect as well.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Haheh good one.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Yep Boldin fought for ball and fought to hang on to the ball.
    Looked like Ravens so rememberd being one dropped ball away from being in SB last year, that this game they said we aint droppin any catch no matter what.

  • LucasY59

    I would think Birk and Mckinnie could/should retire as well, doesnt make a huge difference, but does add a few more holes for them to fill with the last pick in each round and hopefully not much $ to spend in FA, also the rumors that Reed may leave are good unless he goes the the Patriots. He and Wallace are two players I really dont want to see playing there, but are two that the pats would go after (dont know, but hope they dont have enough cap space for either)

  • walter mason

    I dont know if they would have put seconds back on the clock but wouldnt it be a penalty that pushes them back and force them to kick over? Im curious what would have happened if they called the penalty. They would have had one more attempt to make an effort to block the kick.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Suggs tries to keep the hate alive, but yeah he’s running out of oldtimers. Before Hines retired, i watched an intervewer ask Suggs who does he hate most, & Suggs just ran his finger across his own teeth, he refused to even say Hines’ name. That was fun rivalry.

    Ravens rivalry started long ago when they were still in Cleveland, they took the rivalry with them when they moved to Cleve. Since then, Cleve has not been a rivalry.

  • walter mason

    I missed this reply. I understand now thanks. Maybe a rule change is needed.

  • Pete

    The Steelers don’t have a WR like Boldin who will pull it in with a CB draped all over him. Second, the Steelers did call a number of deep passes but they couldn’t connect very often – missed pass or dropped or intercepted.

  • Mike Carroll

    I would say Birk and McKinnie leaving would make a big difference. I don’t think McKinnie started a game until the playoffs, but the play of their reformed line in the postseason was excellent and a big reason they went the whole way. If you take two parts out of it, how are they not hurt?

  • Pete

    You can’t be on top forever. Steelers dominated the 70s. Then made it back to the show in 96 (can’t remember)? Then we got Roethlisberger and won 2 out of 3 Super Bowls. The Roethlisberger era will run it’s course and we won’t get close again until we find another elite QB and top defense. The 49ers haven’t won anything since they lost Montana and Young. Nobody knows yet whether Kaepernick or Smith will bring the 49ers a championship. With the Steelers, they haven’t done a great job renewing the O line. That’s where it starts on offense.

  • Mike Carroll

    I agree you need to have big play capability on offense. I know the first year with Haley was a lot of dink and dunk. But, I don’t think that necessarily means it will be all dink and dunk in the future. I think one of the Haley’s primary assignments was to protect Ben and he was forced to use a dink and dunk game to accomplish that because the line was bad for most of the season. The offense under Arians had been forced to evolve in that direction for the same reason. I think Haley was also assigned with the task of bringing back a real running game component to the team. It’s obvious the team is attempting to overhaul and transform the line. If they are successful in doing that, then I expect the offense to grow under Haley, incorporating much more of a downfield passing game. If that doesn’t happen, then I’ll be very disappointed because I really dislike dink and dunk myself.

  • Mike Carroll

    I definitely agree here. It’s completely logical that it’s easier to throw deep when you’ve mixed in passes of varying distances, instead of trying a deep pass after so many repeat short passes. Brady used to have a good deep ball, but he doesn’t anymore because of the Patriots over-indulgence in dink and dunk. I sure hope Ben doesn’t suffer the same fate.

  • Mike O’

    As the “Steeler Dad” noted in his You Tube video below: “No matter who wins, Steeler Nation looses!!!”

  • LucasY59

    I meant that it doesn’t make as big of a difference as them losing Kruger, Reed, and Williams. Like Lewis, Birk and Mckinnie are not going to play at the high level they were earlier in their careers (the Oline did play well in the playoffs, but I think it was because Osemele was playing very well beside them and Oher was moved over to the right because he is not a “blindside” type of OT) so even if they stick around 1 or 2 more years, Mckinnie can be overweight and sit on the bench most of the season and Birk can limp around on his shot knees. Those are holes they need to fill regardless. It is good they have a harder time by picking at the end of the round.

  • Reader783

    This game was a decision between two evils. I don’t think many Steelers fans were rooting for anyone, but it was a good game for what it’s worth.

  • LucasY59

    One more FA on the Defense is Ellerbee. but they will most likely resign him since Lewis retired.

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