Super Bowl XLVII was the longest Super Bowl to date with a running time of four hours and 14 minutes. The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers made it one to remember with the Ravens edging the 49ers 34-31.
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco led the Ravens to a 21-6 lead at the half, and then watched from the sidelines when wide receiver Jacoby Jones fielded the second half kickoff and returned it 108 yards to put San Francisco in a 28-6 hole.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome experienced a power outage and Super Bowl XLVII was delayed for 34 minutes. Then it was the 49ers who played lights out when the power returned. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick and company outscored the Ravens 25-6 following the delay. Kaepernick threw for 302 yards with a touchdown, and also added 62 rushing yards with a rushing touchdown.
However, it wasn’t enough to complete the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Ravens were able to force a turnover on downs inside their own 10 yard line denying the 49ers the lead. Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis said it was special to be a part of a goal line stand in a Super Bowl.
Flacco was named Super Bowl XLVII MVP, throwing for 287 yards and three touchdowns, although Baltimore wide receiver Anquan Boldin caught six passes for 104 yards including a touchdown. Boldin, who made a legitimate case of his own for MVP of the game, believes Flacco should be considered an elite quarterback with his play on the biggest stage proving it.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh got the better of younger brother Jim this time around and said it was tough coaching against him. It was the last obstacle Harbaugh and the Ravens had to hurdle to raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Ray Lewis ended his 17 year career on a high note and said it was nice to be able to finish his career with his second ring.
The Ravens claimed their second title in 11 years. Flacco made history of his own as he tied Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana throwing for 11 touchdowns and no interceptions during Baltimore’s Super Bowl run.