Super Bowl 2013 score: MVP Joe Flacco and Ravens win a stunner, beat 49ers, 34-31

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The Baltimore Ravens are your 2013 Super Bowl champions. John Harbaugh defeated his brother Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, in Super Bowl 47. The Super Bowl celebration -- and the Ray Lewis retirement celebration -- is on at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Read more from the 49ers perspective at Niners Nation.

From start-to-finish, here is your Super Bowl 2013 recap between the 49ers and Ravens.

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The Ravens offense started the game driving down the field in just 2:29, covering 51 yards over six plays. The drive culminated in a beautiful throw from Joe Flacco to Anquan Boldin for the 13-yard touchdown. Flacco's pass seemed to go slow-mo in the air as it floated into the perfect spot for Boldin.

The 49ers responded driving 62 yards in 12 plays for their first score, a field goal, which made it 7-3.

Both Vernon Davis and Ed Reed were injured in the first quarter. Davis caught a 29-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick and Ed Reed was there to meet him in the middle of the field, colliding with the 49ers tight end. Davis went to the sideline where the 49ers medical staff looked at him. Reed briefly left for the locker room but they both returned.

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The Ravens started rolling in the second quarter.

Flacco found Ed Dickson for two big passes, covering 37 yards, en route to a scoring drive, which ended with a 1-yard pass from Flacco to tight end Dennis Pitta. SB Nation's Danny Kelly was prophetic, talking earlier in the week about the Ravens tight ends.

Ed Reed came up with the next big play, intercepting Colin Kaepernick and setting a new postseason interception record. Reed's interception preceded an ugly incident in which the 49ers and Ravens got into a fight on the field. There was a lot of pushing and shoving between players and the referees penalized both teams with personal fouls. Ravens' Cary Williams appeared to push a referee but was not ejected from the game, another controversial situation.

Related: See the fight here

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The Ravens followed that up with a controversial decision -- a fake field goal. Facing a fourth-and-9 from the 14-yard line, the Ravens decided to fake the field goal, which sent Justin Tucker sprinting to the first down marker. A 49ers defender got there first and stopped Tucker, which left the Ravens with a trip to the 49ers side of the field and no points.

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Another three-and-out from the 49ers led to the play of the first half. Receiver Jacoby Jones somehow got behind the 49ers safety on a deep route and Flacco nailed him down the field with the play of the game, a 56-yard touchdown. Jones somehow got behind the safety, and fell down as he caught the ball. He wasn't touched so he ran it in for the touchdown. That's the same Jacoby Jones who caught the miracle pass against the Broncos in the Divisional round.

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The Ravens entered halftime with a 21-6 lead.

The second half started off with a bang in more ways than one.

First, Jacoby Jones continued his awesomeness with a 108-yard kickoff return, giving the Ravens a 28-6 lead. But that's not what people will remember in the second half.

They'll remember the great Super Bowl blackout of 2013:


Yes, the lights went out in the Superdome. It was roughly a 33-minute delay as the power had to be turned back on. The energy company is saying it's not their fault but it was a major distraction in the game.

New Orleans will be bidding for future Super Bowls. This is something that will come up.

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After the power outage, all hell broke loose for the Ravens. They came out completely flat after the outage and the 49ers started taking care of business.

The 49ers initially got back on track thanks to an 80-yard touchdown drive. It ended with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Kaepernick to Michael Crabtree, who bounced off of two Ravens defenders to get into the end zone. That made the score 28-13.

That was followed up by a huge punt return for Ted Ginn, setting up the 49ers second touchdown on the game, which made the score 28-20.

Incredibly, the 49ers second half fortunes continued when Ray Rice fumbled the ball, giving the 49ers the ball back in enemy territory. The 49ers couldn't get into the end zone, sending David Akers out for the field goal. From just 39 yards out he MISSED the field goal.

BUT there was a penalty flag!

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Running into the kicker, which moved it to 4th-and-2 and another attempt at the field goal, which Akers hit this time, making it 28-23 in favor of the Ravens.

That's how the 49ers scored 17 points in 4 minutes and 10 seconds.

The Ravens added a field goal but that didn't last very long as Colin Kaepernick added a 15-yard touchdown run, bringing it to within two, before the two-point conversion, which was an incomplete pass. The Ravens led 31-29.

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The Ravens came back with a clock-eating 10-play drive which ended in a field goal, giving them a five-point lead -- 34-29 -- with 4:23 remaining.

Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers charged back, driving down the field to Ravens territory. With 1:50 remaining, the 49ers faced a 4th-and-5, their final chance. The Ravens blitzed Kaepernick, forcing him to toss a floater into the end zone to Michael Crabtree. It was long, falling incomplete. Jim Harbaugh was extremely angry, indicating that he thought a penalty should have been called on the play.

The Ravens took a safety on the following possession which helped kill time. The clock hit zero and Joe Flacco and the Ravens were crowned champs.

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Final score: 34-31. The Ravens are the new champs!

See full Super Bowl coverage here.


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