A Ray Rice fumble set the 49ers up at the Baltimore 24-yard line. David Akers walked onto the field again. After missing the 39-yard attempt, a running-into-the-kicker penalty on Baltimore gave him a second try at a 34-yarder. It was perfect, and suddenly, it was a 5-point game.
The Ravens got back a bit of momentum when led a solid drive to the San Francisco 2-yard line early in the fourth quarter. However, the 49ers held a powerful goal line stand against Ray Rice and blew up a play-action pass to force a field goal.
The score then read 31-23.
On the ensuing 49ers drive, big plays by both Randy Moss and Frank Gore led San Francisco to the Baltimore 15-yard line. Colin Kaepernick then took the snap and avoided pressure by going to his left. The scramble broke loose, and he recorded the longest touchdown run by a quarterback in Super Bowl history when he took it up the sideline for the score.
He ‘kissed’ his bicep in celebration.
The two-point conversion failed, but the 49ers had brought the score to within a field goal of taking the lead. 31-29.
The Ravens sustained another solid drive, but once again failed on a short third down conversion. A field goal put the score at 34-29.
And then what could be one of the most exciting ends to any football game unfolded before our eyes in the closing minutes.
Kaepernick went over 300 yards passing with a bullet pass to Crabtree, and Gore brought the 49ers offense to the Baltimore seven-yard line. The two minute warning stopped the action there.
And it was the Baltimore defense against the 49ers offense to decide the Super Bowl. Third-and-goal. And fourth-and-goal.
Michael Crabtree was clearly held in the end zone as Ellerbe ran unprotected at Kaepernick. And there was no flag.
Baltimore held onto their 34-31 lead following an intentional safety and ran the clock out to win.
Ray Lewis goes out a champion. Joe Flacco wins his first Super Bowl.
And 49ers fans were left to The Final Countdown playing in the background.