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Super Bowl 2013: Ravens Overcome 49ers Comeback in Dramatic, Controversial Win

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Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback

Joe Flacco

(5) hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

In a tale of two halves, fans around the nation (the world) nearly witnessed the greatest comeback in NFL history. Nearly.

After an outstanding first half by Joe Flacco, the Ravens led the San Francisco 49ers 21-6.

Flacco’s line of 13-for-20, 192 yards and three touchdowns tells the story of that half better than I can with words alone.

Both Jacoby Jones and Anquan Boldin were on the receiving end of scores, while Ray Rice helped the Ravens offense set up an effective play-action on offense.

Colin Kaepernick was clearly outplayed in the beginning of the Super Bowl. He passed for 139 yards on 8-for-13 attempts. He also had a pass intercepted by Baltimore Safety Ed Reed. Vernon Davis was their lone offensive highlight with 72 receiving yards on four receptions.

The bleeding was limited slightly when the 49ers narrowly prevented a fake field goal inside their 15-yard line.

The only scoring the 49ers managed in that half was two field goals by David Akers.

If that wasn’t enough, Ravens return man Jacoby Jones tied a Super Bowl record with an 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half. It was changed from 109 yards that had been previously recorded.

From there, Jim Harbaugh knew a comeback was probably not in the script for Super Bowl Sunday.

On an interesting note, half of the power went out in the Superdome as lights and sound were cut off. The lights continued to have a problem, and there was a 34-minute wait for them to fully reboot. Whether it was the work of a frustrated 49ers fan (or player), we may never know.

Midway through the third quarter, Michael Crabtree gave 49ers hope with a 29-yard touchdown pass to put the score at 28-13.

One drive later, Jim Harbaugh decided he was going to try that comeback script after all. Frank Gore took a run outside and burst into the end zone form the Baltimore six yard line. It officially made it a one-score game at 28-20.

Meanwhile, Baltimore fans were wishing they were still without power.

And the surge continued.