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Ravens survive 49ers rally, power outage to win Super Bowl
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens survived a furious second-half rally by San Francisco and a momentum-sapping power outage at the Superdome to defeat the gritty 49ers 34-31 in the Super Bowl on Sunday. A Super Bowl-record 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Jacoby Jones to open the second half gave the Ravens a 28-6 but the 49ers quickly scored 17 straight points after a 35-minute power outage and nearly pulled off a stunning comeback.
49ers crestfallen after ending five yards short of comeback
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The San Francisco 49ers came close to a record Super Bowl comeback but were left distraught after failing to convert three times from the five-yard line with the Lombardi Trophy within their grasp. "Five yards short, all the work we did in the offseason, the whole entire season, everything came down to five yards and we weren't able to get it done," said dejected 49ers tackle Joe Staley.
Players and coaches unfazed by Super Bowl power outage
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The power failure that halted Sunday's Super Bowl might have embarrassed the National Football League (NFL) but the players and coaches took it all in stride. While not uncommon in sports events played at night, the NFL and New Orleans officials were left red-faced and scrambling for answers after the biggest event on the U.S. sporting calendar was stopped for 35 minutes because of a power outage.
Harbaugh blasts ref decisions after Super Bowl loss
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, beaten by his brother John's Baltimore Ravens, criticized key decisions made by the referees after his team fell 34-31 in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Harbaugh questioned two non-calls in the final series when the 49ers failed to convert with a first and goal as they looked to find receiver Michael Crabtree with the game on the line.
Jacoby Jones enjoys Super Bowl win with all the fixings
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Jacoby Jones had a Super Sundae sort of Super Bowl as the speedy wide receiver/kick returner scored a pair of touchdowns to help the Baltimore Ravens savor a sweet 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers. "Everybody dreams of scoring touchdowns in the Super Bowl, but two of them?" said Jones. "That's what's up."
Ravens' Lewis retires a champion after late goal-line stand
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Linebacker Ray Lewis wanted to cap his "last ride" in the NFL with a Super Bowl win, and the goal-line stand that clinched the championship for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday was an ending fit for a fairytale. The inspirational leader for each of the Ravens' 17 seasons in the NFL rose up with his cohorts on defense to stop the San Francisco 49ers from getting into the end zone on three straight plays from the five-yard line to secure a 34-31 victory.
Flacco wins Super Bowl MVP to join game's elite
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Joe Flacco joined the National Football League's (NFL) elite with a masterful Super Bowl performance on Sunday, leading his Baltimore Ravens to a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers. The 28-year-old quarterback threw three touchdown passes, all in the first half, without any interceptions, en route to capturing the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the NFL's title game.
Analysis: Mild-mannered Flacco lets his arm do the talking
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Joe Flacco put an exclamation point on his amazing playoff run and proved he belongs in the fraternity of the National Football League's elite quarterbacks by leading the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl title. After out-duelling Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady to reach the Super Bowl, Flacco proved to be the steady hand in a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Super Bowl extravaganza hit by power failure
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The Super Bowl, the biggest U.S. sports event of the year, was interrupted by a 35-minute power outage at the Superdome on Sunday, and officials said the problem appeared to be with the electrical load coming into the stadium. New Orleans electric utility Entergy Corp <ETR.N> and the Superdome management company, SMG, said a problem with the "electrical load" caused a sensor to open a breaker and partially cut power to the dome "in order to isolate the issue," a safety feature that worked "as designed."
Mickelson wins Phoenix Open by four shots
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