By Associated Press 11:04pm, February 3, 2013 - Updated 11:24pm, February 3, 2013
49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) cannot reach a pass thrown on fourth-and-goal as Ravens safety Ed Reed (20) defends late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVII. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)The Baltimore Ravens won their second Super Bowl in 12 years by holding off the favored San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl 47 at the New Orleans Superdome.
Joe Flacco tossed three touchdown passes in the first half as the Ravens opened a 21-6 halftime edge, including a 56-yarder to Jacoby Jones just before halftime. Jones opened the second half with an electrifying 108-yard touchdown record, the longest kickoff return in Super Bowl history.
Then a power outage delayed play for 35 minutes, which seemed to breathe life into the Niners. Trailing 28-6 when the power went out, San Francisco came to life with 17 points over a 4:14 stretch of the third quarter to make it 28-23.
After Baltimore took a 31-23 lead, the Niners scored a touchdown to cut it to 31-29. San Francisco's two-point conversion failed. Baltimore added a late field goal and then in the final seconds took an intentional safety to make the final margin 34-31.
Flacco was named the Super Bowl MVP. He went 22 of 33 for 287 yards and the three scores. He's the sixth QB in 47 Super Bowls to throw for that many TDs in a half.
Baltimore also won the Super Bowl in 2001.
Teams deal with 34-minute delay
The Super Bowl was delayed because of a power outage Sunday, plunging parts of the Superdome into darkness and leading to a 34-minute delay in the biggest game of the year. The Baltimore Ravens were leading the San Francisco 49ers 28-6 when most of the lights in the 73,000-seat building went out with 13:22 left in the third quarter.
Auxiliary power kept the playing field from going totally dark, but escalators stopped working and the concourses were only illuminated by small banks of lights tied in to emergency service.
Players milled around on the sidelines, some took a seat on the bench, other on the field. A few of the Ravens threw footballs around.
A spokesman for the New Orleans power company said the outage appeared to originate in a failure of equipment maintained by stadium staff.
Lewis ends his brilliant career with a title
Ray Lewis will ride into retirement as a champion.
Baltimore's standout middle linebacker began his final night on the football field with a motivational speech to his teammates. He ended it looking upward into a shower of silver streamers and purple confetti after the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 Sunday night to win the Super Bowl.
Standing tall in the middle of a defense that survived a frenzied comeback by Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers, Lewis put a lovely bow on his 17th NFL season by earning his second Super Bowl ring - 12 years after the first.
Lewis was the MVP of the Super Bowl when Baltimore beat the Giants.
Fans mob Baltimore streets to celebrate Ravens win
Giddy Ravens fans are hugging, cheering, and pouring into the streets of Baltimore following the 34-31 victory of their team over the San Francisco 49ers.
Fans wearing the team's signature black-and-purple jerseys and purple-feathered boas mobbed bars including Mother's Federal Hill Grille to watch the team's second Super Bowl appearance Sunday night. They were especially there to support middle linebacker Ray Lewis, No. 52, the only current player who started with the team when it came to Baltimore in 1996.
So far, there have been no reports of disturbances or damage in the city. The mayor urged fans to celebrate responsibly.
Fans came hours before the game to get seats.
Forty-year-old Darren Love says the celebration was "90 percent for Ray, 10 percent for the city of Baltimore."
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