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Jim Harbaugh was just a tad angry after the no-call in the end …

Jim Harbaugh was just a tad angry after the no-call in the end zone

Whether or not Michael Crabtree was held by Jimmy Smith in the end zone as the San Francisco 49ers' last drive fell short is a Super Bowl issue that will long be debated. Jim Harbaugh, however, did not allow any room for interpretation about his true fe…
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  • Flacco caps postseason run with MVP honors

    Flacco caps postseason run with MVP honors

    Capping 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.
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  • Bright future little consolation for 49ers

    Bright future little consolation for 49ers

    ESPN.com Feb 3, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Say this about the San Francisco 49ers: They can take a punch. They can take a lot of them, in fact. And if a power outage gives them 34 minutes to clear the cobwebs, look out. But it's tough to win a championship playing the way San Fran…
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  • Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31: Your Super Bowl 47 GIF Roundup

    Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31: Your Super Bowl 47 GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Feb 3, 2013
    The 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…
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  • No flag, but no foul? Non-call on 49ers’ final incompletion wil…

    No flag, but no foul? Non-call on 49ers’ final incompletion will be debated (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Feb 3, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Wildest Super Bowl ever: The top 10 moments from Super Bowl XLV…

    Wildest Super Bowl ever: The top 10 moments from Super Bowl XLVII

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Feb 3, 2013
    Sunday night's Super Bowl XLVII was one late 49ers score away from being the best Super Bowl ever. But it's a runaway winner for weirdest. Between power outages, unlikely rallies, boneheaded mistakes, and down-to-the-wire thrills, this was everything yo…
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  • Ravens' Jones sets record with 108-yard return

    Ravens' Jones sets record with 108-yard return

    Jacoby 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.
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  • This Is The Most Mesmerizing Video From The Super Bowl

    This Is The Most Mesmerizing Video From The Super Bowl

    deadspin.com Feb 3, 2013
    This year's Super Bowl was heavy on the dramatic build-up but short, at times, on the execution. (The lengthy power outage delay didn't help.) There was one moment, though, that both inspired numerous emails from readers and captivated everyone's attent…
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  • Ravens hold Niners out of end zone to win Super Bowl

    Ravens hold Niners out of end zone to win Super Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Feb 3, 2013
    The 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 …
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  • Colin Kaepernick has his chance to pull off a game-winning driv…

    Colin Kaepernick has his chance to pull off a game-winning drive and falls just short

    Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers took over with 4:19 left in Super Bowl XLVII, down 34-29. Joe Montana made a living off moments like these, especially leading the 49ers to a game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XXIII. In his 10th NFL start,…
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  • This Is More Or Less What Happened To The Ravens In The Third Q…

    This Is More Or Less What Happened To The Ravens In The Third Quarter

    deadspin.com Feb 3, 2013
    Here'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 enormousl
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  • Ray Rice fumble sets up 49ers field goal

    Ray Rice fumble sets up 49ers field goal

    profootballtalk.com Feb 3, 2013
    Ray Rice may not like talking about it, but his fumbling problems in the playoffs are real. Rice fumbled in the third quarter of the Super Bowl, and the 49ers recovered, setting up a David Akers field goal that cut Baltimore’s lead to 28-23. Akers, who
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  • Rapid Reaction: Ravens 34, 49ers 31

    Rapid Reaction: Ravens 34, 49ers 31

    NEW ORLEANS -- Thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' 34-31 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII: What it means: The 49ers came excruciatingly close to a sixth Super Bowl title, but they couldn't draw up or execute the winning plays with fou…
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  • 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree powers through Ravens seco…

    49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree powers through Ravens secondary for 31-yard touchdown

    yahoo.com Feb 3, 2013
    With 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…
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  • Blackout at the Superdome leads to a huge momentum shift in Sup…

    Blackout at the Superdome leads to a huge momentum shift in Super Bowl

    yahoo.com Feb 3, 2013
    Maybe the San Francisco 49ers would have stormed back into Super Bowl XLVII without a 34-minute blackout. But it's hard not to intertwine the blackout and the complete momentum changed that happened afterward. Although the 49ers' first play after the bl…
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  • There's No Debate: Elite? Not elite? All that matters is the Ra…

    There's No Debate: Elite? Not elite? All that matters is the Ravens'…

    CNNSI.com Feb 3, 2013
    Elite? 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.
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  • Niners get first score of Super Bowl, Part II

    Niners get first score of Super Bowl, Part II

    profootballtalk.com Feb 3, 2013
    When 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…
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  • Lights out: Power outage delays Super Bowl

    Lights out: Power outage delays Super Bowl

    ESPN.com Feb 3, 2013
    Power 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.
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  • Ravens' Jones sets record with 109-yard return

    Ravens' Jones sets record with 109-yard return

    ESPN.com deadspin.com Feb 3, 2013
    Jacoby 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.
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  • The Lights Went Out In The Superdome

    The Lights Went Out In The Superdome

    What 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…
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  • Jim Harbaugh Is Harbaughing Uncontrollably

    Jim Harbaugh Is Harbaughing Uncontrollably

    deadspin.com Feb 3, 2013
    Jim Harbaugh has tantrums when his team plays well, in regular season games. His only settings are "considering whether or not to have a meltdown" and "having a meltdown." He's currently in "having a meltdown" mode, with th…
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  • Chris Culliver, whose anti-gay comments stirred up controversy,…

    Chris Culliver, whose anti-gay comments stirred up controversy, has terrible Super Bowl first half

    The distractions of this week turned out to be ruinous on the field as well for Chris Culliver. Culliver became a household name this week for making anti-gay remarks. The second-year San Francisco 49ers cornerback had to deal with a media onslaught aft…
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  • Rulebook on emergencies and unfair acts

    Rulebook on emergencies and unfair acts

    ESPN.com Feb 3, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Power has been compromised here in the Superdome with the Baltimore Ravens leading the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. Power just returned to the pressbox. The Superdome is now brighter than it was recently. Players are huddling as…
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  • Cary Williams avoids an ejection

    Cary Williams avoids an ejection

    profootballtalk.com Feb 3, 2013
    After 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…
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  • LaMichael James Pulled Off An Awesome Spin Move And Then Oooof

    LaMichael James Pulled Off An Awesome Spin Move And Then Oooof

    deadspin.com Feb 3, 2013
    LaMichael 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 b
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  • This Harbaugh Brothers Split Screen Is The Harbaughiest Split S…

    This Harbaugh Brothers Split Screen Is The Harbaughiest Split Screen Possible

    deadspin.com Feb 3, 2013
    Watch 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 i
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  • Fifteen minutes in, Ravens lead 7-3

    Fifteen minutes in, Ravens lead 7-3

    profootballtalk.com Feb 3, 2013
    The 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 res
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  • Assessing first-half damage vs. 49ers D

    Assessing first-half damage vs. 49ers D

    ESPN.com Feb 3, 2013
    First-half Passing vs. 49ers: Weeks 20-21 NEW ORLEANS -- Joe Flacco has picked up in the Super Bowl where Matt Ryan left off in the first half of the NFC Championship Game. The two quarterbacks have combined for six first-half touchdown passes against t…
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  • Ed Reed taken to locker room

    Ed Reed taken to locker room

    profootballtalk.com Feb 3, 2013
    An 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…
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  • 49ers settle for field goal after long drive stalls

    49ers settle for field goal after long drive stalls

    profootballtalk.com Feb 3, 2013
    After coming out flat, the 49ers’ offense picked things up considerably on a long drive in the first quarter. But a sack in the red zone forced the 49ers to settle for three. The drive was an impressive one, with Colin Kaepernick hitting Michael Crabtre
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  • Here Are The Kids From The Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir S…

    Here Are The Kids From The Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir Singing "America The Beautiful"

    deadspin.com Feb 3, 2013
    Tonight's pregame ended with Jennifer Hudson and the Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir singing "America the Beautiful" directly prior to Alicia Keys's "Star-Spangled Banner." The kids had quite a large stadium to fill and did the jo…
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  • No surprises among Super Bowl inactives

    No surprises among Super Bowl inactives

    profootballtalk.com Feb 3, 2013
    Well, at least they didn’t get the Tiquan Underwood treatment, getting cut before the game, but for 14 players, getting to the Super Bowl means front-row seats. The inactives are out, which means we’re only about 90 minutes from kickoff. The 49ers dea
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  • A Moment With the Mayor

    A Moment With the Mayor

    nytimes.com Feb 3, 2013
    Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, says the Super Bowl has helped New Orleans rebuild. And he picks the 49ers.
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  • Thanks to the ‘Dome Patrol,’ Vic Fangio’s New Orleans roots run…

    Thanks to the ‘Dome Patrol,’ Vic Fangio’s New Orleans roots run deep with great defense

    yahoo.com Feb 3, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- It would be tough to find anyone in the Superdome today with more connections to Super Bowl XLVII than San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. The 54-year-old defensive mastermind, who came over from Stanford to San Francisc…
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  • Your Cast Of Characters For Tonight's Super Bowl Movie

    Your Cast Of Characters For Tonight's Super Bowl Movie

    deadspin.com Feb 3, 2013
    More 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 want
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  • Ravens’ Justin Tucker says icing the kicker will only help him

    Ravens’ Justin Tucker says icing the kicker will only help him

    profootballtalk.com Feb 3, 2013
    If 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…
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  • Report:  49ers will try to trade Alex Smith

    Report: 49ers will try to trade Alex Smith

    Last week, we reported that 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will ask to be released before the start of free agency, given the rise of new starter Colin Kaepernick.  Before that happens, the 49ers will try to see if they can find a new suitor for him - an
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  • We're Almost There: Are you ready? We're quickly closing in on …

    We're Almost There: Are you ready? We're quickly closing in on the Ra…

    CNNSI.com Feb 3, 2013
    Are 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.
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  • Programming note: Plan for Super Sunday

    Programming note: Plan for Super Sunday

    ESPN.com Feb 3, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Good morning. Clear skies, light breezes and bright sunshine are making this a fantastic Super Bowl Sunday morning in New Orleans. I'll be heading over to the Superdome early, probably not long after noon CT. This will be my 15th consecut…
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  • Ravens, 49ers turn their final Super Bowl practices into family…

    Ravens, 49ers turn their final Super Bowl practices into family affairs

    yahoo.com Feb 3, 2013
    NEW 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…
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  • Video - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: 'We'll be back' 02:36

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: 'We'll be back'

    Feb 3
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick shows his disappointment while speaking to reporters after his team's Super Bowl XLVII loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Video - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: 'We'll be back' 02:36

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: 'We'll be back'

    Feb 3
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick shows his disappointment while speaking to reporters after his team's Super Bowl XLVII loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Video - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh frustrated after loss 02:00

    San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh frustrated after loss

    Feb 3
    San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh talks about a non-call on a pass to wide receiver Michael Crabtree, and discusses the play of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
  • Video - Ravens Win Second Super Bowl 02:42

    Ravens Win Second Super Bowl

    Feb 3
    Trent Dilfer breaks down Ravens' 34-31 win over 49ers.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Elite or not, Flacco now stands alone; more Snaps

    Feb 3
    NEW 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 forgotten

    Feb 3
    From 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 Lewis

    Feb 3
    Ray Lewis' greatest contribution to the Ravens' victory was the inspiration he provided.