Super Bowl XLVII was one for the ages as the Baltimore Ravens topped the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 at the Superdome in New Orleans on Feb. 3, 2013. The game featured a record-setting kickoff return, a 34-minute power outage, a near comeback win, an epic halftime show by Beyonce, and an MVP performance by Baltimore QB Joe Flacco. To mark the occasion we pulled together 20 amazing photos to highlight the excitement, the drama and the thrill of Super Bowl XLVII.
Baltimore running back Ray Rice looks for a hole against the San Francisco defense. Rice finished with 59 yards rushing on 20 carries and also had a key fumble on a catch during the 49ers' rally in the third quarter.
Joe Flacco leads Ravens to victory
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco capped off an incredible postseason by leading his Ravens to victory over San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII. Flacco finished the postseason with 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions was named the Super Bowl MVP.
Jacoby Jones makes history
Baltimore kick returner Jacoby Jones set a new NFL postseason record when he returned the opening second-half kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown. The score gave the Ravens' their biggest lead of the game at 28-6.
Arthur Jones celebrates
Baltimore defensive end Arthur Jones celebrates after sacking San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick early in the third quarter. Jones also recovered a fumble by the 49ers' LaMichael James in the second quarter of the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII victory.
Joe Flacco eludes the rush
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco scrambles to get away from San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks. Flacco did a good job against the 49ers of moving around in the pocket and buying more time, as he was sacked just twice.
Jacoby Jones' catch
Baltimore wide receiver Jacoby Jones falls down to haul in a deep throw from Joe Flacco late in the second quarter. Jones was able to get up before he was touched by any San Francisco defender, completing the 56-yard touchdown play.
Beyonce's halftime show
Beyonce gave the Mercedes-Benz Superdome audience and millions of watching an electric, high-energy and entertaining halftime show, complete with a reunion of her former group, Destiny's Child.
Frank Gore "Kaepernicks"
San Francisco running back Frank Gore and quarterback Colin Kaepernick celebrate Gore's touchdown in the third quarter. Gore's six-yard run cut Baltimore's lead to just eight points with less than five minutes to go in the third quarter.
Jacoby Jones comes up big
With a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 56-yard touchdown catch, Baltimore's Jacoby Jones became just the second player in Super Bowl history with two scores of 50 or more yards. Washington's Ricky Sanders in Super Bowl XXII versus Denver on Jan. 31, 1988 is the other.
Joe Flacco throws 3 TDs
Joe Flacco threw three first-half touchdown passes to propel Baltimore to a 21-6 halftime lead in Super Bowl XLVII over San Francisco. The Ravens withstood a spirited comeback by the 49ers in the second half to win 34-31, as Flacco took home MVP honors after completing 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards, those three scores and no turnovers.
Joe Flacco, Jacoby Jones combine for TD
Baltimore's Joe Flacco and Jacoby Jones connected on a big 56-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes left in the second quarter. The scoring play helped the Ravens take a 21-6 lead on the 49ers into halftime.
San Francisco head coach expresses his displeasure that no holding was called on the 49ers' final play of the game. Harbaugh believed that wide receiver Michael Crabtree was held in the end zone as Colin Kaepernick tried to throw him the ball on fourth-and-goal from the Ravens' five-yard line with the 49ers trailing 34-29 with less than two minutes left. No penalty was called, allowing the Ravens to take over on downs and seal their victory in Super Bowl XLVII.
San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis was a key weapon for the 49ers' offense against Baltimore, catching six passes for 104 yards.
Anquan Boldin's key catch
Baltimore wide receiver Anquan Boldin battles San Francisco cornerback Carlos Rogers on a key third-down play in the fourth quarter. Boldin led the Ravens with six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown, but none bigger than this 15-yarder on third-and-1 from the Ravens' 45-yard line. The play allowed the Ravens to keep a drive going as they protected a five-point lead.
Baltimore linebacker Dannell Ellerbe celebrates as the final seconds tick off in the Ravens' 34-31 victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
Baltimore safety Ed Reed soaks in the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII victory. The moment is especially sweet for Reed, a New Orleans area native who is an 11-year veteran and will be a free agent.
Super Bowl XLVII champion Joe Flacco
Baltimore's Joe Flacco holds aloft the Lombardi Trophy following the Ravens' 34-31 victory over San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII. Flacco also was named the game's MVP after throwing three touchdown passes with no turnovers.
John Harbaugh and the Lombardi Trophy
Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh holds the Lombardi Trophy with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti (center) and CBS' Jim Nantz looking on. Harbaugh and the Ravens beat younger brother Jim and the 49ers 34-31 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans to win Super Bowl XLVII and cap off a magical and memorable season.
Ray Lewis celebrates 2nd Super Bowl title
Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis celebrates after the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII victory. Lewis a 17-year veteran who announced he would be retiring after this season, will walk away as a two-time world champion. Lewis was MVP of Super Bowl XXXV in 2000 when the Ravens beat the New York Giants for Baltimore's first Lombardi Trophy.
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