Baltimore has to make one last tackle on a punt return to seal the victory after taking a safety in the final seconds of the game. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is selected MVP.
Ravens 34, 49ers 31 (final)
The Baltimore Ravens have defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
It's the second championship for the Ravens and linebacker Ray Lewis, who is retiring after 17 seasons.
After taking a safety on their final possession, Baltimore punted to San Francisco, which was unable to set up a return and suffered its first loss in six appearances in the NFL championship game.
San Francisco never led in the game, but the 49ers still had a chance to win the game when punt returner Ted Ginn Jr. fielded the punt. A swarming Ravens defense contained him near midfield before making the tackle.
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was selected the game’s most valuable player.
The championship goes to Baltimore Coach John Harbaugh over his kid brother, San Francisco Coach Jim Harbaugh.
The Times will have full coverage of the game played at the New Orleans Superdome throughout the night at latimes.com.
Ravens 34, 49ers 31 (4 seconds left)
The Baltimore Ravens are closing in on a Super Bowl title.
After moving the ball from their own 20-yard line to the Ravens’ 5, San Francisco saw Baltimore defensive back Joey Smith break up a third-down pass to Michael Crabtree.
Colin Kaepernick was then rushed heavily, forcing a throw that 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh begged for pass interference with a Ravens defensive back and Crabtree jostling for position.
The Kaepernick pass flew beyond Crabtree with cornerback Jimmy Smith tugging on his jersey.
The Ravens went three and out on their next possession, opting to take a safety with four seconds remaining as the punter ran out of the end zone.
It’s now Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31.
Ravens 34, 49ers 29 (two-minute warning)
The San Francisco 49ers have never lost a Super Bowl, and now they find themselves in Joe Montana territory against the Cincinnati Bengals back in the day.
Taking possession at their own 20-yard line with 4:19 left in the game and trailing by five points, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran for a first down, then completed a 24-yard pass to receiver Michael Crabtree to the Baltimore's 40.
A Frank Gore run moved the ball to Baltimore’s seven, and it’s now the two-minute warning.
Ravens 34, 49ers 29 (4:19 left in fourth quarter)
The Baltimore Ravens have increased their lead over the San Francisco 49ers to five points with 4:19 left in regulation.