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NEW ORLEANS -- The San Francisco 49ers needed five yards to break the Baltimore Ravens' hearts, and Dean Pees was having flashbacks. "We were not going to let him run it in on us," the Ravens' defensive coordinator said a few moments later, re…Upvote Share Tweet
Before he could bask in a shower of confetti, before he could put his fingerprints on the Lombardi Trophy and before he could head into retirement as a champion, Ray Lewis had one final task: stop the San Francisco 49ers on three plays 5 yards from the …Upvote Share TweetCapping a pretty perfect postseason, Joe Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns Sunday to earn Super Bowl MVP honors for leading the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-29 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.Upvote Share TweetThe Baltimore Ravens outlasted the 49ers in a thrilling Super Bowl that looked all but over after the first half. Then the lights went out and the Ravens stopped pressing deep and the 49ers capitalized on some poor punting and suddenly we had a football…Upvote Share TweetThe moment San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick's final fourth-down pass hit the ground, the beginning of the debate could be heard on whether there should have been a penalty. Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was all over 49ers cornerback Michae…Upvote Share TweetHere's Jim Harbaugh's response to the 49ers' failed fourth down play in the end zone, and for once, it's tough to really say he's overreacting. Ravens' cornerback Jimmy Smith probably held Michael Crabtree in the middle of his route, and when Crabtree l…Upvote Share TweetJacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens set an NFL postseason record with a 108-yard kickoff return against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Sunday night.Upvote Share Tweet
A Profane Joe Flacco Thinks Winning The Super Bowl Is "Fuckin' Awesome"We're inclined to agree, though not having ever won the Super Bowl ourselves (even vicariously, having grown up Browns fans) we'll have to take his word for it. [CBS] More »Upvote Share TweetThe craziest Super Bowl also became one of the best. After trailing by 22 point after the first play of the second half and suffering through a power outage that essentially operated as a second extended halftime, the 49ers charged back. But the Niners …Upvote Share Tweet
Bernard Pierce returns to the gameRavens running back Bernard Pierce, who has rushed for 30 yards on nine carries in Super Bowl XLVII, exited the contest after taking a big hit. He went to the locker room, and the Ravens said nothing about what happened inside. (He possibly was evaluat…Upvote Share TweetAfter a one-sided first half and a weird power outage, we’ve got a great football game in our hands. Colin Kaepernick ran for a 15-yard touchdown with 9:57 left in the fourth quarter, getting the 49ers as close as they’ve been since the Ravens scoredUpvote Share TweetHere's how the Ravens played in the third: A long Jacoby Jones touchdown return-bad news for the 49ers, obviously-a 34-minute power outage, punt, punt, Haloti Ngata knee sprain (which has him doubtful to return), fumble, Jacoby Jones getting enormouslUpvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- My thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers: What it means: Twelve years after the Ravens' first Super Bowl title, Baltimore is once again on top of the football world. Joe Flacco went from a heavily c…Upvote Share TweetThings aren’t getting any better for the Ravens since the lights came back on. On the Frank Gore touchdown play that cut the gap to 28-20, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was injured on the play, and went to the locker room. He suffered a knee injury, andUpvote Share TweetWith the Baltimore Ravens storming out to a 28-6 lead over the San Francisco 49ers when Jacoby Jones returned the opening kick of the third quarter 100 yards for a touchdowns, the NFC champions were in need of a big play. As has been the case throughout…Upvote Share Tweet
There's No Debate: Elite? Not elite? All that matters is the Ravens'…CNNSI.com Feb 3, 2013Elite? Not elite? All that matters is the Ravens' Joe Flacco is the last quarterback standing this season, declares Don Banks, who hands out his Super Bowl Snap Judgments.Upvote Share Tweet
Niners get first score of Super Bowl, Part IIWhen the lights went out at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (FedEx realizes it could have been worse, after all), the Ravens led the 49ers by 22 points. Once the lights came back on, the 49ers finally hit paydirt. A seven-play, 80-yard drive ended with a 31…Upvote Share TweetPower went out at the Superdome early in the third quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday with the Baltimore Ravens leading the San Francisco 49ers 28-6.Upvote Share TweetJacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens set an NFL record with a 109-yard kickoff return against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Sunday night.Upvote Share TweetWhat a weird Super Bowl this has been. The Ravens are all over the 49ers, but it's been a handful of big plays rather than methodical domination so it almost feels like San Francisco is still in it. A fake field goal, a kickoff return, a 56-yard tumblin…Upvote Share TweetThe family of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali has disputed a report in a London newspaper that the flamboyant ex-heavyweight champion is near death. Instead, family spokesman Bob Gunnell said Ali was in his Phoenix area home watching the Super Bowl wearing…Upvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS (AP) As 26 children in white polo shirts excitedly walked to center of the Superdome field and prepared to sing, a packed Super Bowl crowd revved up by a day of partying in the Big Easy fell silent.Upvote Share TweetIf you needed any more evidence that the referees are doing everything they can to let the players play, look no further than Baltimore's Cary Williams, who, in the midst of a second-quarter brawl, shoved a ref right in the chest ... and remained in the…Upvote Share Tweet
Here's The All-22 Footage Of That Mind-Boggling Fake Field GoalBaltimore has three less points than it otherwise would right now because John Harbaugh got greedy (or went briefly insane) and tried this fake field goal run for a first down on 4th and 9. It would have been a 32-yard attempt for a kicker that made 30 …Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens go for trick play instead of padding leadRavens coach John Harbaugh had his little brother in a headlock and was giving him a noogie, and might have just let him up off the floor to continue the fight. The former special teams coach rolled the dice with his field goal unit, and it backfired. T…Upvote Share Tweet
Cary Williams avoids an ejectionAfter an ugly pass from 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to receiver Randy Moss floated into the hands of Ravens safety Ed Reed for the first interception ever thrown by a 49ers quarterback in any Super Bowl, chippiness that had been building all game…Upvote Share Tweet
LaMichael James Pulled Off An Awesome Spin Move And Then OooofLaMichael James had 27 carries in the regular season, because Jim Harbaugh hates rookies, and because the 49ers were pretty well stocked in the backfield. But tonight, Harbaugh loosened up a bit, giving James the chance of a lifetime-an opportunity to bUpvote Share Tweet
This Harbaugh Brothers Split Screen Is The Harbaughiest Split Screen PossibleWatch as brothers Jim and John react to the same play-a third down sack of Joe Flacco midway through the first quarter-with characteristically appropriate Harbaugh emotion. Jim: intensity bordering on insanity, and John: mild disappointment. Can you iUpvote Share Tweet
Fifteen minutes in, Ravens lead 7-3The first XXV percent of Super Bowl XLVII have been played, and it’s a good game so far. The Niners started with a three and out that came after a penalty wiped out a 20-yard gain on the first snap. The Ravens then drove for a touchdown, the 49ers resUpvote Share TweetAn early shot by Ravens safety Ed Reed on 49ers tight end Vernon Davis had an impact on both players. Davis was getting checked out by trainers on the sideline, and Reed just went into the locker room with team medical personnel. The game has been a har…Upvote Share Tweet
Ray Lewis addresses the families of two slain men from Atlanta stabbings during pregame showRay Lewis' interview with former Baltimore Ravens teammate Shannon Sharpe provided one of the few intriguing moments of the first few hours of CBS' pregame show. Sharpe asked Lewis what he would say to the families of the two men killed in Atlanta after…Upvote Share Tweet
A Moment With the Mayornytimes.com Feb 3, 2013Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, says the Super Bowl has helped New Orleans rebuild. And he picks the 49ers.Upvote Share Tweet
Your Cast Of Characters For Tonight's Super Bowl MovieMore than any sporting event this side of Air Bud, the Super Bowl is where we go for cinematic, overproduced sports theater. CBS will have 62 cameras on hand, bringing sweeping panoramas, close-ups, high-definition snot-rockets-everything you could wantUpvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- There are no surprises on the Baltimore Ravens' inactives for the Super Bowl: CB Asa Jackson, S Omar Brown, CB Chris Johnson, LB Adrian Hamilton, OL Ramon Harewood, WR Deonte Thompson and DT Bryan Hall.Upvote Share Tweet
Man Interrupts NFL Network Live Shot, Rips Seam In Fabric Of Space And TimeThe ramifications may not be felt immediately, but what this man has done cannot be undone. Aimlessly wandering around Bourbon Street, this man-a Ravens fan, way to go Baltimore-stumbled across the NFL Network's camera crew filming a light hearted livUpvote Share Tweet
Ravens’ Justin Tucker says icing the kicker will only help himIf Super Bowl XLVII comes down to a last-second field goal from Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, then Tucker hopes 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh tries to ice him. Tucker says coaches who call timeout before a field goal are actually helping him by giving him mor…Upvote Share Tweet
We're Almost There: Are you ready? We're quickly closing in on the Ra…CNNSI.com Feb 3, 2013Are you ready? We're quickly closing in on the Ravens and 49ers facing off in Super Bowl XLVII. Get ready for the much-anticipated clash with SI.com's live blog leading up to the game.Upvote Share Tweet
Ray Lewis's Super Bowl Cleats: A Glittering Light In The Shadow Of The AlmightyRay Lewis will wear specially designed cleats for Super Bowl 47. They are Ray Lewis cleats through and through: sparkling gold overpowering Baltimore purple and a special Psalms 91 shout out. Proselytizing being the obvious goal of these shoes and, real…Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens clamp down on tight endsNEW ORLEANS -- Based on their history, the Ravens will keep 49ers tight end Vernon Davis out of the end zone in the Super Bowl. The Ravens have allowed only two touchdown passes to tight ends this season, including the postseason. That's the fewest touc…Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens, 49ers turn their final Super Bowl practices into family affairsNEW ORLEANS -- It should come as no surprise, with all the talk about the Harbaugh family this week, that the final walkthroughs for both the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers were full of families. Both teams structured their Saturday workouts w…Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens Win Second Super BowlFeb 3Trent Dilfer breaks down Ravens' 34-31 win over 49ers.
Ravens Hold Off 49ers' Rally To Win Super Bowl XLVIIFeb 3Ravens survive power outage and second-half rally from 49ers to win the Super Bowl 34-31.
How The Ravens Won The Super BowlFeb 3Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, and Steven Young break down how Joe Flacco and the Ravens held off the 49ers to win the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XLVII: Jacoby Jones highlightsFeb 3Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones was a game changer in Super Bowl XLVII, scoring on a 108-yard kickoff return and a 56-yard touchdown catch.
Don Banks: Elite or not, Flacco now stands alone; more SnapsFeb 3NEW ORLEANS -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a most eventful and entertaining Super Bowl XLVII in the Superdome, a 34-31 Baltimore victory over San Francisco in the kind of knock-down, drag-out battle that brothers always seem to…
Super Bowl XLVII -- Ravens-49ers won't soon be forgottenFeb 3From a blackout to the 49ers' rally to Ray Lewis' last stand, it was a lights-out Super Bowl, writes John Clayton.
Super Bowl XLVII - Fitting end for LewisFeb 3Ray Lewis' greatest contribution to the Ravens' victory was the inspiration he provided.