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49ers Cut Ravens’ Super Bowl Lead to 28-23 After Three Quarters

February 03, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII

Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens attempts to escape the pressure from Ahmad Brooks of the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Feb. 3, 2013. Photographer: Rob Carr/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers scored 17 points after waiting out a 34-minute power failure to cut the Baltimore Ravens’ lead to 28-23 heading into the final quarter at the Super Bowl in New Orleans.

San Francisco trailed 28-6 after allowing the Ravens’ Jacoby Jones to return the second-half kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown. Michael Crabtree then hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore scored on a 6-yard run and David Akers kicked a 34-yard field goal for the 49ers.

The largest deficit overcome for a winning team in the National Football League’s Super Bowl was 10 points, by the 1987 Washington Redskins and the 2009 New Orleans Saints.

The 49ers’ third-quarter rally came after a power failure at the Superdome knocked out about half the lights in the stadium. Shortly after play resumed, San Francisco scored 17 points in a span of 4 minutes and 10 seconds.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw three first-half touchdown passes as Baltimore opened a 21-6 halftime lead. The Ravens’ defense forced two turnovers by the 49ers, including the first interception by a San Francisco quarterback in six Super Bowl appearances.

Flacco threw touchdown passes to Anquan Boldin, Dennis Pitta and Jones, who scored on a 58-yard catch with 1:58 left in the second quarter before starting the second half with his kickoff return for a touchdown.

The 49ers (13-4-1) are seeking their sixth Super Bowl title in as many appearances, with their most recent NFL championship coming after the 1994 season. San Francisco entered the game as a 3 1/2-point favorite, according to oddsmakers.

The Ravens (13-6) won their lone Super Bowl title following the 2000 NFL season. All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis, the only player on Baltimore’s roster remaining from the last championship team, has said he’s retiring after the game.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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