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Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore
Fulltime Ravens 34 49ers 31
Ravens win the Super Bowl! Jubilation for John Harbaugh's men as
they close out the victory in a memorable game. Ted Ginn
tried to run the length of the field for the touchdown, but was
broguht down in midfield to end it. Let the confetti fall on the
Superdome. Quarterback Joe Flacco wins MVP, a deserved reward for
the previously maligned player. He was 22-of-33 for 287
yards and three TDs.
Q4 0:04 Ravens 34 49ers 31
Ravens elect not to punt and they instead take the safety. The 49ers defence took a long time before forcing the punter out in the end zone though. Baltimore to kick.
Q4 0:11 Ravens 34 49ers 29
The Ravens are 4th and 7 looking to punt and end the game, have just taken their last time out. San Francisco need a miracle.
Q4 1:46 Ravens 34 49ers 29
The 49ers can't finish the drive as Kaepernick's pass to Crabtree in the endzone flies over his head. They only have one time out left and Jim Harbaugh is going crazy on the sideline. He can't afford to lose this, brother John will never let him live it down. They need something special now though. He may have a point though as it looked as though Jimmy Smith was manhandling Crabtree in the endzone.
Q4 2:47 Ravens 34 49ers 29
Frank Gore almost scores the winner running up the left hand side and is stopped by the Ravens just inside the 10. Lewis needs one more big defensive possession here with his side under the pump.
Q4 3:14 Ravens 34 49ers 29
Kaepernick finds Crabtree down the middle to bring up 300 passing yards for the game and put the 49ers in position.
Q4 4:23 Ravens 34 49ers 29
Flacco can't convert after two goes at a third down play, as his pass to Dennis Pitta falls incomplete. Tucker nails a 38 yard field goal to extend the Ravens lead.
Q4 7:14 Ravens 31 49ers 29
Terrific catch from Boldin in the air on the third and inches play. He gets the first down and Ravens set up on the San Fran 40.
Q4 8:30 Ravens 31 49ers 29
Ravens get lucky after failing to complete a pass on third down. Culliver is called for pass interference and the Ravens are awarded an automatic first down.
Q4 9:57 Ravens 31 49ers 29
Kaepernick shows he has the full package as he scores with the longest QB run for a touchdown in Super Bowl history. Jim Harbaugh instructs his men to go for the two point conversion, but they are unsuccesful as Kaepernick's pass to Moss falls incomplete.
Q4 11:53 Ravens 31 49ers 23
Kaepernick finds the self-proclaimed "greatest receiver of all time" Randy Moss with a 32 yard pass to put the 49ers back on attack.
Q4 12:54 Ravens 31 49ers 23
The Ravens can't find the end zone, but Justin Tucker kicks the 19-yard field goal to give Baltimore some breathing space.
Q4 14:09 Ravens 28 49ers 23
Flacco passes short right to Boldin once more to set up a first and goal situation.
Q3 0:00 Ravens 28 49ers 23
Bernard Pierce runs for 18 yards, before being pushed out of bounds giving the Ravens another first down. They wind the clock down to end the wuarter and will have the ball on the San Francisco 18 when play resumes.
Q3 1:51 Ravens 28 49ers 23
The Ravens are regrouping as Flacco finds Anquan Boldin on a third and three and will have the ball in 49ers' territory.
Q3 3:14 Ravens 28 49ers 23
49ers attempt a field goal on 4&7 from 39, but it's away. However there's a flag on the play and David Akers gets another chance. He makes no mistake and the 49ers have scored 17 straight points since the power went out, that's in 4:10 of play. Have the Ravens run out of energy? #PowerPun
Q3 4:10 Ravens 28 49ers 20
Ray Rice fumbles after catching a Flacco pass and Tarell Brown recovers it for the 49ers. The 49ers launch a drive again on the Ravens' 24. Baltimore look to be in some trouble here.
Q3 4:59 Ravens 28 49ers 20
And just like that we have a ball game. Frank Gore runs six yards for a touchdown, that all came from the poor punt from Sam Koch for the Ravens. Extra point is good and it's a one score game.
Q3 6:00 Ravens 28 49ers 13
Another three and out for the Ravens' offense after Flacco is sacked by Ahmad Brooks on the Ravens' 9. The punt is terrible and the 49ers return it for antoher offensive drive.
Q3 7:20 Ravens 28 49ers 13
Kaepernick passes to Crabtree who completes the 80-yard drive with a 31-yard touchdown reception. Nice work from Crabtree who bumps off a couple of defenders and runs the final 10 yards to the end zone. Surely we're not about to see another miracle comeback from Kaepernick and his men?
Q3 8:00 Ravens 28 49ers 6
San Francisco keep plugging away as Kaepernick finds Randy Moss on a third down who gets his first reception of the game and another first down.
Q3 9:37 Ravens 28 49ers 6
A couple of nice plays from Kaepernick as he shows good vision to run on consecutive plays for good gains and get the first down. 49ers are on their own 40.
Q3 10:36 Ravens 28 49ers 6
It's a three and out for the Ravens offense and their punt is long for a touchback. 49ers will get the ball again on the 20. No wonder the Ravens lost their flow on offense a bit, in real time 84 minutes had elapsed between offensive plays for them with the half-time show followed by the lighting debacle early in the half.
3Q 12:10 Ravens 28 49ers 6
We're back and the 49ers can't convert on their third down and are forced to punt. Only make a 34 yard gain on that and they will have to defend the on-fire Flacco once more.
Looks like we're getting closer to having lights restored and getting this show back on the road, remember the 49ers are down 28-6 and have a huge 3rd and 12 situation to deal with when they get back, this 31 minute delay is not ideal for them. While you're waiting why not check out the highlights from Beyonce's half-time performance here ?
Now they're saying it may be a 20 minute delay, players haven't gone back into the locker room just yet though. As you would expect the inter-web is full of jokes relating to the outage, this from ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell: "This could be the most lucrative minutes in stadium beer selling history."
Closer to home @Sportzfreak had this topical gag on Twitter: "Who knew that Novopay ran the grid in New Orleans"
The power outage is continuing. The cynical side of me is wondering if this outage was orchestrated by the corporations allowing more commercials to be played. The players are stretching and trying to stay warm, sounds like it could bve a delay of up to 15 minutes.
Q3 13:22 Ravens 28 49ers 6
Kaepernick is sacked and the Ravens are soaring. However there seems to be a bit of a delay with the lights out in New Orleans. Maybe Beyonce's extravagant light show blew a fuse somewhere!
Q3 14:49 Ravens 28 49ers 6
What a start to the second half as Jacoby Jones gives a 109-yard kick return to score in the first play of the third. That could well be the game unles Kaepernick has something really special in store. Extra point is good.
Destiny's Child are back!!!! Bootylicious! Michelle and Kelly are flanking Beyonce much to the delight of the New Orleans crowd. Knowles is looking fly in a wee black number and kneehigh boots. Definitely potential for a waldrobe malfucntion though...
After D-Child leave the stage, Beyonce closes things with a rousing rendition of 'Halo'. Not a bad performance by any stretch and certainly no lip-synching here. Maybe the only disappointment was the lack of Young Hova aka Jay-Z, but I guess he was at home baby-sitting Blue Ivy...
Samuel L Jackson was a fan of that performance, tweeting: "I'm in the DON'T GIVE A F*** IF IT'S PRE-RECORDED OR NOT club!! B's putting' in WURK!!!!" Good to know 64-year-old Jackson's still got it.
Right, must be about time for some football now.
Halftime - Ravens 21 49ers 6
Joe Flacco has played all most the perfect half and his three touchdown passes have the Ravens with one hand on the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Two huge mistakes by the 49ers - a fumble by LaMichael James and an intercept pass by Colin Kaepernick - has really done them no favours. The 49ers came back from 17 points against the Falcons in the NFC Championship game and will have to do one better here tonight. Jay-Z's misses coming up for ya!
2Q - 0:00 - Ravens 21 49ers 6
Colin Kaepernick runs across the field and is sacked with three
second left on the clock. The 49ers have no option but to go for
the field goal and David Akers makes it a 15 point ball game at
2Q - 0:58 - Ravens 21 49ers 3
Colin Kaepernick delivers a great ball to Delanie Walker and the 49ers are in the red zone. Can they strike just before halftime?
2Q - 1:40 - Ravens 21 49ers 3
Touchdown Ravens! Wow! Third time lucky for Flacco! The
quarterback finds Jacoby Jones with a 50-yard touchdown pass but
Jones still has work to do. He gets up, steps pass two defenders
and skips the final seven yards for the 18 point advantage. Huge
mountain to climb for the 49ers now.
2Q - 2:00 - Ravens 14 49ers 3
Ravens have the ball from the punt near the halfway line. And Flacco, who is surely set to be the named the MVP, attempts a Hail Mary but can't find his wide receiver. Two minute clock on.
2Q - 2:19 - Ravens 14 49ers 3
Good tough defence by the Ravens forces the 49ers to a fourth down and they have no option but to punt. Timeout Ravens.
2Q - 3:05 - Ravens 14 49ers 3
Ravens fake a field goal and Flacco runs left and ends up just
one yard short of landing a first down. Great defence by Chris
2Q - 4:25 - Ravens 14 49ers 3
Flacco finds Ray Rice short and the veteran makes enough ground to give the Ravens a first down on the 15 yard line.
2Q - 6:55 - Ravens 14 49ers 3
Oh no! It's all falling to pieces here for the 49ers! Colin
Kaepernick throws an interception straight to Ed Reid. That
is the first time a 49ers quarterback has thrown an intercept in
Super Bowl history. A bit of fracas ensues but that has been
brewing and both teams get penalised.
2Q - 7:05 - Ravens 14 49ers 3
Touch down Ravens! Flacco finds his good friend Dennis Pitta straight up the cuts with a bullet pass. Too easy! LaMichael James' earlier fumble makes this touch down essentially a 14 point play.
2Q - 8:00 - Ravens 7 49ers 3
Flacco finds Ed Dickson twice in quick succession and the Ravens are just five yards out!
2Q - 10:20 - Ravens 7 49ers 3
Flacco finds Dennis Pitta on the wing for a first down on the 40 yard line. Ravens looking good.
2Q - 11:30 - Ravens 7 49ers 3
Oh no! Just as the 49ers are looking threatening LaMichael James comes up with his second fumble of the post -season. Ravens ball.
I am here for the butts, the biceps and Beyonce. #SuperBowl47
So the Harbaughs are basically the Venus and Serena of football coaching, or something... #SuperBowl47 @TheReidReport
2Q - 13:21 - Ravens 7 49ers 3
49ers are rolling down the field here at will. Frank Gore
charges on to a short ball, makes seven yards, and it's another
first down on the 21 yard line.
2Q - 14:00 - Ravens 7 49ers 3
49ers start the quarter well. Colin Kaepernick makes 29 yards with a pass down the slot to Vernon Davis. First down near the halfway line.
1Q - 0:00 - Ravens 7 49ers 3
The Ravens can't find any more points with the clock winding down and they will probably feel they should be leading by more than four points heading into the second quarter .
1Q - 1:00 - Ravens 7 49ers 3
Joe Flacco does amazingly well to avoid the oncoming defence and fire a 29-yard pass the line to Anquan Boldin. Another first down Ravens.
1Q - 2:00 - Ravens 7 49ers 3
Ray Rice squirms over two plays to give the Ravens another first down.
1Q - 3:18 - Ravens 7 49ers 3
49ers can't broach the Ravens defence so David Akers lands a field goal to get the Ravens on the board.
1Q - 5:16 - Ravens 7 49ers 0
Frank Gore burrows to a first down before Colin Kaepernick fires a beautiful pass downfield for Davis Vernon to receive just 10 yards short of the touchdown line.
1Q - 9:00 - Ravens 7 49ers 0
The Ravens monster the 49ers on their first play, and there is a bit argy-bargy, before Colin Kaepernick finds Michael Crabtree in the slot for a 19 yard gain. First down 49ers.
1Q - 10:36 - Ravens 7 49ers 0
Touch down Ravens! On the final play, Flacco delivers
a perfect pass down the middle of the field for Boldin Anquan to
score. Perfect start for Baltimore!
1Q - 12:42
The Ravens made good ground on their first two plays before Joe
Flacco finds his receiver Torrey Smith on the 20 yard line. Good
1Q - 13:30
The 49ers fail to make any ground in their set and turn to Andy Lee for a punt. The Ravens to start their set near the halfway line.
1Q - 14:48
49ers are penalised for an illegal formation and are marched back five yards.
1Q - 15:00
Justin Tucker kicks off this doozy and he floats it dead.
49ers first down on the 20.
How many people does it take to toss a coin? Well only one referee but seven NFL legends look on in the Super Bowl 'coin ceremony.' Incidentally the Ravens won the toss and will receive in the second half. Stay tuned for kick-off.
"And now to honour America is 14 time Grammy winner Alicia Keys." The 'Empire State of Mind' singer is playing on a grand white piano and shows the depth of soul that makes her one of the best in the business. Shots of troops in Afghanistan and also an emotional Ray Lewis generate huge cheers from the crowd. That's one hard act to follow - Beyonce!
The AFC champions Baltimore Ravens charge out on to the field
and the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers aren't far behind. The CBS
television coverage, which previewed both teams' destinies before
they came out, oozed everything that is grand about American
television. Got love it!
Welcome to onenews.co.nz's live update of Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.
We intend to bring you the latest throughout the day - on the game itself, the commercials, the halftime show, the surrounding festivities and the social media storm that is sure to ensue. Stay tuned.
While you wait for the match to kick-off, check out our preview and Super Bowl Dummies Guide below.
New Orleans has been transformed into one massive party today as the city prepared to host the 47th Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.
The city's French Quarter was packed with visiting fans soaking up the atmosphere before the biggest game in American professional sports was due to start at 12:30pm (NZT)
Across the United States and around the world, millions of people were having their own Super Bowl parties in preparation for a game that has all the ingredients of a classic.
The two teams left their hotels in the early afternoon and took a short bus ride through the crowded streets to the Superdome, which will be packed with more than 70,000 spectators.
For the first time in the 47 years of the Super Bowl, two brothers will go head-to-head for the National Football League championship.
John Harbaugh is Baltimore's head coach and his younger brother Jim has the same job with the 49ers and their sibling rivalry has dominated the build-up to the game.
The two players who have been the main focus in the lead-up to the game are Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Lewis is the only survivor from the Ravens team that won the Super Bowl 12 years ago. A 17-year-veteran of the NFL, who has spent his entire career with the Ravens, Lewis is retiring after the game.
Kaepernick's career is just starting. He began the season as San Francisco's backup quarterback but kept the job after getting his chance when Alex Smith suffered a midseason concussion.
While Lewis and the Ravens are chasing their second Super Bowl title, the Niners are attempting to win a sixth and tie the overall record held by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The 49ers have never lost a Super Bowl, but this will be their first appearance in 18 years.
SUPER BOWL DUMMIES GUIDE
Kickoff: 12:30pm (NZT)
Teams: Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers
Site: Superdome in New Orleans. This is the 10th Super Bowl to be played in New Orleans and the seventh at the Superdome.
At stake: The winning team receives the National Football League's (NFL) Vince Lombardi Trophy, named in memory of the winning coach of the first two Super Bowls.
The trophy is made by high-end jeweler Tiffany & Co and stands almost 21 inches (53 centimetres) tall and weighs
107 ounces (3 kilograms). It is worth more than $25,000.
Players' share: Winning team gets $88,000 per player, losing team gets $44,000 per player.
From 1967-1970 the title game pitted the NFL champion against the American Football League champion.
Since 1971, the year after the NFL and AFL merged, the game has matched the National Football Conference champion against the American Football Conference champion.
The first Super Bowl was played on January 15, 1967 in the Los Angeles Coliseum with the Green Bay Packers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.
The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the record for the most Super Bowl titles, with six. The San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys are tied for second with five each.
Professional football (36%) remains the favorite game among Americans who follow at least one sport, according to a poll. Baseball (13 per cent) is next, followed by college football.
Spending in the United States on Super Bowl-related merchandise, apparel and snacks is expected to reach $12.3 billion, or an average of $68.54 per consumer.
Super Bowl XLVII is forecast to have a $434 million economic impact in the New Orleans region, according to a study commissioned by the New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee.
TV coverage: The championship game will be broadcast live in more than 180 countries and in more than 30 different languages.
The official broadcaster CBS is charging advertisers an estimated $3.7 million to $3.8 million for 30-second spots in this year's Super Bowl.
Last year's Super Bowl game in which the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots was the most-watched single television program ever in the US, averaging an estimated 111.3 million viewers.
Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for consumption of food and drink for Americans, behind Thanksgiving Day.
Dips and spreads are the top choice of food to eat during the Super Bowl, followed by chicken wings and pizza.
Americans will consume an estimated 50 million cases of beer on the day.
Some of the world's best-known entertainers have performed at the Super Bowl, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2 and Paul McCartney.
This year's pre-game national anthem will be sung by Alicia Keys while Beyonce will headline the halftime show.
Tickets for the inaugural Super Bowl were sold for $6 but the price increases have outpaced inflation and the face value for tickets this year range between $850 and $1,250.
On the secondary market, ticket prices soar, usually changing hands for an average of between three and four times the original value.