Super Bowl score: Ravens hold off 49ers for 34-31 victory

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The Baltimore Ravens are Super Bowl champions after beating the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 34-31.

Before the lights went out in the Superdome, Super Bowl 47 looked like it was going to be a blowout. The Baltimore Ravens had just taken a 28-6 lead on a 108-yard kick return touchdown by Jacoby Jones, and the San Francisco 49ers were in deep trouble. They didn't go down without a fight, though. The 49ers quickly turned things around after a power outage resulted in a half-hour delay, and they eventually were in position to win the game in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. The Ravens stood tough, though, and they held on to win by a score of 34-31.

Joe Flacco, the game's MVP, was on fire in the first half. The Ravens were able to build a 21-6 lead at halftime thanks to 3 touchdown passes by Flacco. The third one was a 56-yard bomb to Jones, who went to the ground after making the catch, got up and juked past the defense to find the end zone.

When Jones opened the second half with his huge kick return, it looked like it was time to turn the lights out on the 49ers. Then a funny thing happened. The lights in the Superdome actually did go out, and the ensuing delay gave everybody a chance to regroup. Once the game restarted, the 49ers finally got things going. A 31-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick to Michael Crabtree got San Francisco into the end zone, and they returned to the end zone on a 6-yard Frank Gore run just a couple minutes later. A David Akers field goal after a turnover cut the deficit to 5 points going into the fourth quarter.

The Ravens nearly answered with a touchdown, but they instead settled for a field goal. The same thing happened after the 49ers' next drive ended with a 15-yard touchdown run by Kaepernick. Since the two-point conversion was no good, the 49ers were once again down by 5 points after Justin Tucker's second field goal.

The 49ers drove all the way down to the Ravens 5-yard line on their next possession. They had three shots at the end zone and the lead, and they surprisingly decided to throw the ball all three times. This proved to be a mistake, as the Ravens defense came up with a stop. While the 49ers answered with a stop of their own, they were left with no time to do anything after the Ravens intentionally took a safety. This made it 34-31, and after Ted Ginn Jr. went down at the 50 on the ensuing free kick, the game was over.

I have to say, I'm surprised the 49ers fell into such a big hole in this game. I'm also surprised the Ravens won in such dramatic fashion after they jumped out to such a big lead. I'm glad it played out that way, though. It would've been disappointing for the season to finish with a blowout. Thankfully, we got another great Super Bowl.

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