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Congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31, last night in New Orleans, Louisiana to become Super Bowl 47 Champions. This Ravens Super Bowl victory over the 49ers was the highest rated telecast in Nielsen meter history. With almost one out of every two TV homes in the nation tuned to the game, it topped the Green Bay vs. Pittsburgh Super Bowl 2011 game.

The Ravens had all the momentum throughout the start of the game. On the very first play from scrimmage the 49ers got called for an illegal formation penalty, which negated a 20 yard pass play from Colin Kaepernick to Vernon Davis. From that point on the Ravens never really looked back. After forcing the Niners to a three and out, Joe Flacco led Baltimore down the field on a six play 51 yard drive, which culminated in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Anquan Boldin.

The Ravens dominated the first half on both sides of the ball holding the 49ers offense to just six points and Colin Kaepernick’s interception, by Ed Reed in the second quarter, was the first interception thrown by a 49ers quarterback in the Super Bowl in their franchise history. And this was their SIXITH Super Bowl appearance!

The Ravens finished their first half scoring brigade on a 56 yard touchdown catch by Jacoby Jones. Jones got behind the Niners secondary and Flacco hit him with a bomb, Jones fell down on the catch and none of the 49ers touched him. Jacoby got up and scampered the last 10 yards of the play to reach the end zone.

The Ravens led 21-6 at the end of the first half. The half time show was awesome with Beyonce taking the stage in New Orleans. Beyonce had been at the center of controversy leading up to her much anticipated half time show thanks to her decision to use a pre recorded track when she performed at President Obama’s inauguration back in January.

Dressed in some above-the-knee black stiletto boots and a tight leather mini dress, Beyonce strutted her stuff to the tune of “Crazy in Love,” stripping down to little just a little bit more than a leotard as she performed her familiar dance moves. Unfortunately Jay-Z didn’t accompany her to perform his rap verse on the song. But, Beyonce did host a Destiny’s Child reunion on the Super Bowl stage. After she performed the high-energy songs “End of Time” and “Baby Boy,” the latter of which got some special effects treatment similar to Tupac’s hologram at Coachella, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams popped onto the stage to join their former group mate with the songs “Bootylicious” and “Independent Women, Pt. 1,”

The second half came with the Ravens receiving the kick-off. Jacoby Jones got the ball eight yards deep in his own end zone. And he thrilled the crowd with the longest kickoff return for a touchdown in Super Bowl history, returning the kick 108 yards.  The touchdown help expand the Ravens lead to 28-6, 12 seconds into the second half.

With just over two minutes in to the third quarter, Colin Kaepernick was preparing for a third down play when half the Superdome’s lights went out. The Superdome lost power, casting the field in darkness, shutting off the air conditioning and delaying the game for more than half an hour before order was restored. The delay lasted roughly 33 minutes. After the power outage, the 49ers finally figured out how to move the ball on the Ravens stingy defense.

San Francisco quickly rallied with three scores in 4:10 – a 31-yard Michael Crabtree touchdown reception, a 6-yard Frank Gore touchdown run and a 34-yard David Akers field goal. Baltimore then answered with a field goal, and San Francisco scored again on a Colin Kaepernick 15-yard sprint. After a failed two-point conversion, Baltimore hung on to just a 31-29 lead.

Flacco led the Ravens on a time consuming field-goal drive, allowing a gassed defense a bit of rest and a five-point cushion late in to the fourth quarter. Kaepernick responded with a gutsy late game drive, only to stall out on downs inside the Ravens’ 5-yard line. The Ravens basically ran out the clock when they took a safety with four seconds left in the game on 4th down. Leaving only a miracle return by the Niners as their only hope to win the game, this didn’t happen. The final score was 34-31 in favor of Baltimore.

Ray Lewis, who is going to retire at the end of the season, ended his career on top and earning his second championship. Joe Flacco , who was the games MVP, ended up completing 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns. Most importantly, he didn’t turn the ball over once during these playoffs. Flacco’s 11 touchdown passes tied a playoff record.

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