Joe Flacco threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday, winning game MVP honors and leading the Baltimore Ravens to their second Super Bowl victory, a 34-31 win over San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
Flacco threw TD passes to Anquan Boldin, Dennis Pitta and Jacoby Jones, and Jones set a Super Bowl record with a 108-yard kickoff return for a score. Rookie Justin Tucker kicked two late field goals.
Baltimore (14-6) took a 28-6 lead before the game was delayed for 34 minutes by a power blackout early in the third quarter. The 49er’s (13-5-1) then scored the next 17 points, and were within a two-point conversion of tying the score early in the fourth period. San Francisco’s last possession was stopped at the Ravens’ 5-yard line with 1:40 left in the game.
For San Francisco, Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore both scored on touchdown runs, and Kaepernick threw a scoring pass to Michael Crabtree. David Akers kicked three field goals, and Baltimore gave the ‘Niners two points on an intentional late safety.
Flacco completed 22-of-33 passes, Boldin caught six throws for 104 yards, and Ray Rice led the Ravens in rushing with 59 yards.
Kaepernick was 16-for-28 for 302 yards with one interception. Gore ran for 110 yards. The ‘Niners had two 100-yard receivers in Crabtree (5 catches, 109 yards) and Vernon Davis (6 for 104 yards).
Baltimore is 2-0 in Super Bowl competition, and San Francisco slips to 5-1.