The Ravens started the final quarter with just a bit of momentum having moved the ball to the Niners’ 18 after starting at their own 28. After moving the ball to a first and goal at the five, Baltimore ran two plays from the one-yard line but were unable to get into the end zone and had to settle for a Justin Tucker 19-yard field goal to push the lead back to 31–23 with just under 13 minutes remaining.
But San Francisco kept coming.
Kaepernick, now full of confidence after the delay, hit Moss on second and five from his own 29 for 32 yards. Frank Gore then went 21 yards to Baltimore’s 18. Two plays later Kaepernick, on a pass play, escaped the pocket and bolted 15 yards for the touchdown to pull the Niners within 31–29. San Francisco was unable to convert the two-point conversion.
Now needing to run the clock down and get points, the Ravens got both on their next possession—though not as many points as they wanted.
Starting at their own 21, Baltimore got a defensive pass interference call to get a first down, and then on second and eight Flacco hit Anquan Boldin for an eight-yard pass that was originally ruled a first down until San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh successfully challenged the spot. Now third and inches at their own 45, Flacco boldly threw again to Boldin for a 15-yard pickup.
After Ray Rice ran for 12 yards the next play, the drive stalled and the Ravens settled for a Justin Tucker 38-yard field goal to put Baltimore up 34–29 with four minutes and change left.
Now in range of scoring to take their first lead, Kaepernick hit Michael Crabtree for a 24-yard gain on their fifth play of their ensuing drive, followed immediately by 33-yard Frank Gore run to get the Niners to the seven. But after three plays inside the seven, San Francisco had a fourth and goal at the five, needing to punch it in with just under two minutes remaining. The Niners tried a fade route to the corner with Crabtree, but Baltimore blitzed Kaepernick who had to release the ball early and the pass went incomplete—although not without a strong plea from Jim Harbaugh for defensive holding.
With just 1:46 remaining and the Niners with only a single timeout left, Baltimore took over and ran the ball three times for three yards, setting up a fourth and seven from their eight-yard line. Lining up in a punt formation, the Ravens snapped to punter Sam Koch in the end zone and Koch, instead of punting, ran around with the ball in the end zone for eight seconds before being tackled for a safety.
Now up 34 – 31 with four seconds left, the Ravens had a free kick from their own 20 that was returned 32 yards by Ted Ginn to midfield as time ran out.
Flacco was named Super Bowl MVP with 287 yards passing and three touchdowns. Meanwhile Kaepernick racked up 302 yards passing and ran for another 62. The Super Bowl win for Baltimore is their second.
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