Ravens hold off Niners, 34-31

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens have won their second Super Bowl in 12 years by holding off the favored San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl 47 at the New Orleans Superdome.

Joe Flacco tossed three touchdown passes in the first half as the Ravens opened a 21-6 halftime edge, including a 56-yarder to Jacoby (jah-KOH'-bee) Jones just before halftime. Jones opened the second half with an electrifying 108-yard touchdown record, the longest kickoff return in Super Bowl history.

Then a power outage delayed play for 35 minutes, which seemed to breathe life into the Niners. Trailing 28-6 when the power went out, San Francisco came to life with 17 points over a 4:14 stretch of the third quarter to make it 28-23.

After Baltimore took a 31-23 lead, the Niners scored a touchdown to cut it to 31-29. San Francisco's two-point conversion failed. Baltimore added a late field goal and then in the final seconds took an intentional safety to make the final margin 34-31.

Flacco was named the Super Bowl MVP. He went 22 of 33 for 287 yards and the three scores. He's the sixth QB in 47 Super Bowls to throw for that many TDs in a half.

Baltimore also won the Super Bowl in 2001.


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