Baltimore Ravens are Super Bowl 47 NFL Champions

Super Bowl XLVII
Super Bowl XLVII

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2/4/13

We highlighted the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s in NFL history leading up to Super Bowl 47. Well, it looks like next season, Super Bowl 47 will find itself on that list.

The game wasn’t a tale of two halves, but rather a pre power outage and post power outage game. That’s right, early in the third quarter the lights went out in the Superdome (New Orleans) causing a 34 minute delay.

Before the power outage, the Baltimore Ravens were in complete control. The Ravens held a 28-6 lead and Jacoby Jones had just returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown. Then the lights went out.

The San Francisco 49ers would score their first touchdown of the game at the 7:20 mark in the third quarter on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick to Michael Crabtree. The Ravens went three and out and the 49ers answered again with a Frank Gore touchdown run that made the game 28-20. Super Bowl XLVII had just become a game.

The Ravens and 49ers would trade field goals to make the game 31-23 Ravens in the fourth quarter. The 49ers then drove 76 yards down the field, capped off by a Kaepernick Super Bowl record (by a quarterback) 15 yard TD run. The 49ers failed on the two point conversion allowing the Ravens to maintain the lead 31-29. The Ravens would kick a field goal to make it 34-29 with 4:23 left in the game.

The 49ers drove down the field again, but were left with a fourth and goal on the Ravens 5-yard line. The Ravens blitzed and Kaepernick was forced to throw early and overthrew Crabtree in the corner of the endzone. Although many will probably complain that the Ravens should have been called for pass interference or holding on that play, it was a tough call for the officials to make with the Super Bowl on the line. The Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl 47 34-31 over the San Francisco 49ers.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco won MVP after throwing for 287 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Anquan Boldin also had a great game for the Ravens with six catches, 104 yards, and a touchdown. Ray Lewis had seven total tackles in his final NFL game.

On the 49ers side, Colin Kaepernick ended up with 302 yards passing along with one touchdown and one interception. Kaepernick also rushed for 62 yards on seven carries and one touchdown. Colin Kaepernick has a bright future ahead of him, as do the San Francisco 49ers.

Going into Super Bowl 47 the story lines were focused on the Harbough brothers coaching on opposite sides and Ray Lewis’ final game. However, Joe Flacco’s MVP performance and the 34 minute power outage ended up being the stories of the night.

Now that Super Bowl 47 is over and the 2012-2013 NFL season is over, football fans can look forward to the NFL off-season and April’s draft. Keep checking the Blitz as we provide you with the latest NFL off-season rumors and NFL draft coverage in the upcoming months!

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