The Baltimore Ravens held off the San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl XLVIII, 34-31. The Ravens dominated the 49ers on both sides of the ball from the coin toss until punter Sam Koch ran out of the side of the end zone for a safety to kill the clock down instead of punting.
The 49ers played a terrible game minus the 3rd quarter after the lights came back on after a lengthy delay shortly after Ravens return specialist Jacoby Jones took the opening kickoff 108 yards to start the second half to put the Ravens up 28-6.
The glitz and the glam proved to be to much for second year quarterback Colin Kaepernick and rookie running back LaMichael James as they both turned the ball over on key 49ers drives that resulted in 7 Ravens points and a failed fake field goal.
Kaepernick looked rattled and like a second year player for the majority of the game by missing throws and second guessing himself especially after he threw his interception.
During the 3rd quarter after the power outage he showed signs of that amazing player that replaced Alex Smith midway through the season.
For the game he completed 18-28 passes for 302 yards, and 1 touchdown. Kaepernick was also selective when he ran the ball only running 7 times for 62 yards and 1 touchdown.
The Ravens defense held up strong against the 49ers top rushing attack by holding them to 182 yards as a team.
Frank Gore led the way with 109 yards and 1 touchdown.
Rookie LaMichael James proved to be more harmful to the 49ers offense than helpful running the ball 3 times for 10 yards and a huge fumble.
It was not just the poor play of the 49ers young stars that cost them the game; game management proved to play a factor when Kaepernick had to burn an unnecessary timeout that could have been used at the end. The 49ers also acted like they were in no hurry at any point of the game. When you are down 28-6 in the second half; there is no reason for running the play clock down.
The 49ers have failed all season to play all 4 quarters of games and this proved to be the worst time to start slow. If not for the power outage slowing the Ravens down in the 3rd quarter the score would have been nowhere as close as it was.
This makes the second season that Jim Harbaugh has lost to brother John. Last season the 49ers lost 16-6 in Baltimore during a week 12 match-up that left the 49ers with their second loss of the season. This loss was much worse than last season; but still with an 0-2 record Jim might want to spend more time picking John's brain in the off season.