Super Bowl 2013: Ravens Hold Off 49ers Comeback, Win 34-31

Chris Graythen

The Baltimore Ravens are the champions of the NFL. A game that looked like it was on the way to a blowout turned into a nail-biter that required a goal line stand. The 49ers never gave up but couldn't overcome the large deficit.

In a disjointed, strange game that featured a 34-minute blackout in the 3rd quarter, the Baltimore Ravens were able to hold off a hard-charging San Francisco 49ers team to win a Lombardi Trophy. Early on, the Ravens dominated play and walked off the field at halftime with a 21-6 lead. They added to that lead with a kickoff return for a TD by Jacoby Jones to start the second half. At that point, the 49ers looked like a beaten team.

Then the lights went out in the Superdome holding up play for half an hour, and somehow the light came on for Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers. After 17 quick points by San Francisco we had a legitimate game. The teams traded various scores until the 49ers, with the tally at 34-29, ended up inside the Ravens 10-yard line looking for the go-ahead score. The Ravens defense held strong and kept the 49ers out of the end zone to preserve the win.

Joe Flacco ended up as the game MVP and was aided by superb efforts from his receiving corps. Even so, Colin Kaepernick looks like he's going to be a force in the NFC for a while. He fits in with the new breed of QB exemplified by RG3 and Russell Wilson. Mobile guys who can also throw. The Cowboys defense will have its work cut out for it over the next few yeas.

So what was your take on the game?

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